At least 20 civilians, two British soldiers and an American serviceman have died in bomb attacks in Afghanistan.
The two Royal Marines died when their vehicle was struck while on patrol with Afghan security forces in the south of the country yesterday.
A suicide attack in the eastern Bati Kot district of Nangarhar by Taliban forces killed the US soldier and civilians in a crowded marketplace today.
Hours after the attack, charred and twisted remains of cars smouldered on the tree-lined street that is also Afghanistan’s main road to the Pakistan border at Torkham.
The United Nations condemned the bombing, which it said, “has inflicted enormous suffering in an otherwise peaceful community”.
More than 5,400 people, including nearly 1,000 civilians, have died in insurgency-related violence this year in Afghanistan, according to a tally compiled by The Associated Press based on figures provided by Afghan and international officials.
The US soldier’s death brings the number of US troops killed in Afghanistan this year to at least 148.
The attack in Nangarhar follows a truck bomb blast yesterday in southern Afghanistan, which killed six people and wounded 42.
The blast in Kandahar city, the Taliban’s former stronghold, came as the provincial council was hearing constituent complaints. Two members of the provincial council were wounded in the attack.