Afghanistan: 20 killed in bomb and gun attacks

A series of attacks in Afghanistan claimed the lives of 20 people — all but one of them civilians — in the space of less than 24 hours, officials said Saturday.

Ten people died when a group of insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in the country’s western Herat province Friday evening, police spokesman Abdul Rauf Ahmadi said.

After exchanging fire with police at the checkpoint in Karokh district, killing one officer, the militants opened fire on a nearby tent housing construction workers for a road-building project. Nine of them died, Ahmadi said.

Roadside blasts in southern Helmand province claimed another eight lives, a statement from the office of the provincial governor said.

Source and full story: CNN, 17 August 2013

Tom Sullivan