14 killed in Afghanistan bomb blasts
Two separate blasts in southern Afghanistan killed 14 people, including a group of insurgents who were trying to rig an improvised bomb against Afghan and foreign forces, officials said on Tuesday.
In the volatile Nawzad district of Helmand province, a group of seven Taliban militants died while trying to cut a pipe bomb and fit it into a vehicle on Monday, provincial spokesman Daud Ahmadi said.
“The explosive-packed pipe detonated, killing a Taliban commander along with six of his fighters,” he said.
Roadside bombs are the most commonly used weapons by the Taliban, who are leading a 10-year insurgency and are responsible for the bulk of deaths among the US-led coalition and Afghan security forces.
On the same day, seven people, including six women, were killed in an explosion in Nawa district of the same province inside a house used by a local Taliban commander Mullah Manan, a senior security official said.
“We have intelligence that the Taliban commander was making bombs inside the house,” Mohammad Ismail Hotak said.