Suicide bomb attack kills 16 in Afghanistan

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 29, 2008 04:03 hrs

Kabul: Sixteen people have been killed and 58 others wounded in a suicide car bomb attack in Afghanistan's eastern Khost province, officials said.

The incident took place on Sunday morning when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives laden car near a police station in the province.

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"Sixteen people were killed and 58 others wounded in the blast," a statement of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), said.

Officials said Taliban leader Jalaludin Haqani's faction was responsible for the attack.

Haqani had served as a minister and chief of the army staff during the Taliban rule in the country.

Taliban has not yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Denouncing the car bomb attack, Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai said the enemies of Afghanistan have carried out the blast, “in another un-Islamic act, killing many innocent civilians in Khost."

Karzai extended his sympathies to the relatives of the dead.

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More than 5,000 people have been killed in insurgency related violence in Afghanistan this year.

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