More civilians killed in Afghanistan

A soldier was killed in Afghanistan when an explosion struck a patrol of Nato-led troops, the alliance said in a statement.

A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a minibus carrying Afghan soldiers, leaving at least 12 people killed and seven others wounded, near Kabul today , officials and witnesses said.

Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi, a defence ministry spokesman, said that six soldiers and six civilians were killed in the suicide blast and that seven other soldiers were wounded.

An unknown number of civilians were also wounded in the attack, Mr Azimi said.

The bomber was in a Toyota Corolla that struck a minibus full of soldiers in the Chihulsutoon area south of the Afghan capital, said Aziz Ahmad, an Afghan army officer at the site of the blast.

The blast was the third suicide attack in the city in the last eight days.

The minibus was demolished and its mangled frame lay on the side of the road as the wounded were whisked to hospitals.

Local resident Amir Mohammad said he helped load the bodies of the six dead Afghan soldiers into ambulances.

Mohammad Amin, who runs a bakery close to the blast site, said two of his employees were injured by flying glass.

“Every day this bus stops in front of my bakery to take employees of defence ministry,” Amin said. “Suddenly today a very strong explosion hit the bus.”

Mohammad Ashraf, 13-year-old boy, was praying inside the mosque when the flying shrapnel and glass cut through his flesh, his father Mohammad Akram said.

“My other eight-year old son was also wounded in the same mosque,” Akram said.

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