Afghan militancy surges as 11 killed, 12 injured on a single day

08:35, April 26, 2010      

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Militancy and conflicts have soared in the violence-plagued Afghanistan as some two dozen people mostly of whom civilians lost their lives or sustained injuries in a single day on Sunday.

The day in the Taliban former stronghold Zabul in southern Afghanistan started with an explosion as a suicide bomber attacked a convoy of a private security company leaving four persons dead and wounding 12 others.

In the bloody attack rattled Shah Joi district at 08:30 a.m. local time, a suicide bomber targeted the convoy of a U.S.-funded private security company USPI, killing four people including two employees of the firm and injuring 12 others including five employees of the company.

All the victims were Afghans.

USPI is a well-equipped private security company which provides escort to logistic convoys of the NATO-led multinational peacekeeping force in Afghanistan.

Earlier, Mohammad Jan Rasulyar, the spokesman for the governor of Zabul province, told Xinhua through telephone that a suicide attacker detonated explosive device tied on his body at a bazaar, killing one private security guard on board of a vehicle of the convoy, two passersby and himself.

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