Suicide blast kills three civilians in Afghanistan

A SUICIDE explosion in eastern Afghanistan today killed three civilians and wounded 11 others, the interior ministry said.

The attacker detonated his explosive vest in a district of Paktika province on the border with Pakistan.

“As a result, three civilians were killed and 11 other civilians were wounded,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that provincial police have launched an investigation.

There has been a recent spike in suicide bombings — a key Taliban tactic — in Afghanistan along with IEDs or home made bombs which are the main cause of casualties to Afghan and international troops in the country.

About 132,000 international troops are stationed in Afghanistan, two-thirds of them from the United States, battling the Taliban and other insurgents.

A limited withdrawal of foreign troops from seven relatively peaceful areas of the country is due to start in July.

Afghan forces are set to take increasing responsibility for security as foreign troops pull back.

The worst fighting in Afghanistan usually comes in spring and summer.

The Taliban insurgents have announced their spring offensive is to start today.

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