Afghanistan's Kapisa province: at least 5 killed in bomb attack


Afghan men sit on the back of a police vehicle laden with the victims of a suicide bomb attack in Herat Province on April 10, 2012. At least nine people were killed when two suicide bombers rammed their vehicle into a local government compound near Afghanistan's western city of Herat on on April 10, police and witnesses said.


Aref Karimi

A bomb attack at a bazaar in Afghanistan's eastern Kapisa province today has killed at least five people, The Associated Press cited local officials as saying

Kapisa is among a number of designated areas in which Afghan forces are taking over security from NATO troops, according to The LA Times

The provincial police chief and the Interior Ministry told The LA Times that the attack, which was set off by remote-control in the district of Tagab, killed four members of the Afghan Local Police, a group trained by the US, as well as two civilians.

Among the dead was the son of one of the officers, according to BBC News.

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Provincial leader Hussain Khan Sanjani told AP that the explosion went off mid-morning and left over a dozen people wounded. 

Afghanistan continues to see frequent extremist-led attacks, and the high level of violence has worried authorities as international forces prepare to fully withdraw from the country by 2014. 

Today's attack also comes a week after a suicide bombing in Afghanistan left four French troops dead, prompting French President Francois Hollande to advance the nation's troop pullout date.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for today's attack.