Motorcycle bomb kills 8 in southern Afghan market
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded in a vegetable market in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing eight people at dusk as residents broke their daily fast for the holy month of Ramadan, authorities said.
The motorcycle was parked at the market in the Dihrawud district of Uruzgan province, said Amanullah Otaq, provincial council director. He said eight people were killed and dozens wounded.
Hamid Milad Mudasir, Uruzgan provincial spokesman, confirmed the attack but said he could not confirm how many people were killed because family members had taken many of the bodies away immediately after the attack.
The blast was the latest in a series of attacks in the turbulent south, where the Taliban are pushing back against a concerted campaign from US and NATO troops to quell the insurgency.
In neighboring Kandahar province, a gunman killed a woman who works for the Afghan government as she was on her way to work in Kandahar city.
The assailant shot Rabia Sadat twice as she was getting into a car outside her home yesterday morning, said her father, Sayed Hussein Sadat.
Sadat worked for the province’s work and social affairs department, said Zalmai Ayubi, a spokesman for Kandahar’s provincial government.
Ayubi said it was not clear why Sadat was killed, and her father said he did not know of any threats against his daughter. Insurgents regularly target government workers or women who attend school or work in offices.
Also yesterday, NATO said that one of its cargo planes collided with a surveillance drone in eastern Afghanistan a day earlier.
The C-130 plane made an emergency landing at a nearby base but was only lightly damaged and no one aboard was injured, said Italian army Captain Pietro D’Angelo, a spokesman for NATO forces in Afghanistan.
The unarmed drone, an RQ-7 Shadow, went down and has not been located yet, he said.