Taliban suicide bomber kills 5 ISAF, 4 Afghan troops in east
The Taliban have claimed credit for a suicide attack today at an Afghan base that killed five ISAF and four Afghan soldiers in the eastern province of Laghman. The attack is the latest in the Taliban's suicide offensive throughout Afghanistan.
A suicide bomber wearing a police uniform detonated his vest at a combined Afghan and ISAF base in the Qarghayi district in the eastern Afghan province of Laghman. The Taliban have claimed the attack in a press release on their website as well as in an email to reporters. In the email, the Taliban claimed that the suicide bomber was planted weeks ago and carried out his attack while ISAF and Afghan forces gathered early this morning.
"Today, when there was a meeting going on between Afghan and foreign soldiers, he used the opportunity to carry out the attack," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in the email.
In a press release at Voice of Jihad, the Taliban's propaganda website, Mujahid identified the suicide bomber as Abdul Ghani and said the operation was planned a month ago.
"Saturday's attack ... was a pre-planned operation for the sake of which, the martyr-seeking Mujahid had joined the puppet military forces a month ago, and occurred when a number of the Afghans and US-NATO officials inducing the heads Tund and Sailab, two of the puppets' military bases were busy holding a meeting within the facility," Mujahid said in the press release.
The Taliban claimed that 26 ISAF and Afghan soldiers were killed in today's attack. In their press releases, the Taliban wildly inflate the casualties and effects of their attacks.
Multiple terrorist groups operate in the Afghan east, including al Qaeda, the Tora Bora Brigade, Hizb-i-Islami Khalis, and the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Today's attack is the eighth in Afghanistan over the past three days. The recent wave of Taliban suicide attacks has targeted the police and pro-government tribal leaders.
Yesterday, a Taliban suicide bomber from the Mullah Dadullah Mahaz, or Mullah Dadullah Front, assassinated the chief of police for Kandahar province and two bodyguards. The suicide bomber was dressed as a policeman and detonated after hugging the police chief in his office.
On April 14, the Taliban carried out three attacks in Paktia, Kabul, and Kandahar. A suicide assault team killed three policemen in an attack at a training facility in Paktia; three people were wounded in an attack outside a government building in Kabul; and another was wounded in an attack that targeted police in Kandahar.
The Taliban also carried out three suicide attacks on April 13. The largest attack occurred in Kunar province, when a suicide bomber killed an influential pro-government tribal leader and warlord, along with nine other Afghans. In addition, 13 Afghans were wounded in suicide attacks in Kandahar and Kapisa.