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Bomber kills at least 12
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Date : 2006-10-01 16:23:34                      Reader : 273
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Bomber kills at least 12


At least 12 people were killed and 42 wounded when a suicide bomber struck a crowd of people passing through a security gate in front of the Afghan Interior Ministry.

KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber strapped with explosives detonated in front of the Afghan Interior Ministry as staffers arrived for work Saturday, killing at least 12 people and wounding 42.

The bomber blew up in a crowd of people passing through a security gate on a narrow dirt road just before 8 a.m. Emarai Basheri, an Interior Ministry spokesman, blamed the attack on ``the enemies of the nation and peace in Afghanistan.''

The Interior Ministry is in charge of Afghanistan's police, including units responsible for counterterrorism and counternarcotics operations.

Mohammed Saddiq, a local photographer, was taking pictures of a customer near the ministry when police started shouting and ran toward a person in the crowd.


''As soon as the Interior Ministry officers got close to him, he exploded,'' Saddiq said. ``There was flesh and blood and bones of people all around the area. A lot of people have been killed.''

Suicide bombers, once rare in Afghanistan, have carried out at least 50 attacks this year in the worst wave of insurgent violence since U.S.-led forces toppled the Taliban regime five years ago.

This month, the U.S. military said a suicide cell in Kabul, the Afghan capital, was targeting American and other international troops. The warning followed a suicide car bombing near the U.S. Embassy that killed two American soldiers and 14 Afghan civilians. That was the worst such attack in Kabul since the fall of the Taliban.

Insurgent attacks began to surge early this year as NATO gradually took over more responsibility for security in southern Afghanistan from U.S. forces. NATO is in command of military operations in the south, where Taliban and allied fighters have fought fierce battles in recent weeks.

The alliance says it doesn't have enough troops in Afghanistan to fight insurgents, who have surprised commanders with their tenacity. NATO has asked its members, which include the United States, to send an additional 2,500 soldiers, but so far, European nations have failed to meet that request.

NATO announced last week that it soon would assume command from U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, where insurgent attacks are also on the rise following a treaty between Pakistan's government and Pashtun tribesmen in North Waziristan, on the Afghan border.

Under the treaty, the tribes are supposed to expel foreign fighters and end attacks in Afghanistan in exchange for a reduction in Pakistani security forces in the largely autonomous tribal areas.

During a recent visit to the United States, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf defended the treaty, arguing that it was the best solution, but Afghan and U.S. officials doubt it will prevent Taliban and allied militants from moving into Afghanistan.


Musharraf contends that Afghan President Hamid Karzai is to blame for the rising violence, which the Pakistani president calls a ''popular uprising'' by Pashtuns, Afghanistan's largest ethnic group.

However, Karzai said Saturday that he and Musharraf will jointly lead a series of tribal gatherings along their countries' shared border, the Associated Press reported.

Karzai said he and Musharraf would attend a series of jirgas, or consultative councils, focused on the Afghan border provinces of Nangahar and Paktika and Pakistan's North Waziristan.

The two presidents will seek ways to employ armed tribesmen on both sides of the border to stabilize the region and cut down on insurgent raids, Karzai said.

Meanwhile, an American was released from an Afghan prison and flown out of the country after serving more than two years for running a private prison as part of a freelance hunt for terrorists, Afghan officials said.

The American released from jail, Brent Bennett, had been arrested in July 2004 after Afghan security forces raided a house and discovered eight Afghan men who they said had been abused.

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