Afghan Blast Kills Eight, Wounds 40
[Quqnoos] At least eight civilians were killed and 40 others were wounded Monday afternoon in a suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan

A spokesman for Khost local government, Kochi Nasiri said the suicide bomber detonated the explosives rigged in a motorbike in a crowd of people in Khost city, the provincial capital. The bomber blew himself up after another explosion had drawn the crowd on the scene.

The tactical incident occurred at about 2:00 pm in the eastern volatile Khost province, the official said. The victims of the bomb blast are entirely local civilians and the intended target of suicide attacker is yet to identify.

Quqnoos's Qahir Shah in Khost said the blast took place in front of a mosque -- nearby a number of government buildings -- in the Afghan eastern city, bordering Pakistan.

The provincial health department director, Dr Amir Pacha said that around 60 people have been harmed in the powerful explosion, are taken to a state-run hospital in the city. The health official termed the health status of six of the wounded locals 'critical'.

The Afghan forces have been investigating the deadly incident to reach to the exact dead toll.
Posted by: Fred 2009-06-23