Bomber kills four American troops in Afghan north

KABUL Wed Apr 4, 2012 10:13am EDT

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber detonated his explosives on Wednesday in Afghanistan's northern Faryab province, killing at least 10 people including four U.S. troops who had strayed from their base to take photographs in a park, Afghan police said.

Slain soldiers lay on a blood-soaked pavement beside a blown-off leg and strewn helmets. Afghan police rushed to try and move the soldiers into vehicles.

The American soldiers were taking tourist photographs in a nearby park in Maymana, the capital of the relatively peaceful Faryab province, when they were targeted, provincial police chief General Abdul Khaliq Aqsai told Reuters.

Four civilians and two Afghan policemen were also killed in the attack, which came ahead of the traditional summer fighting months and wounded at least five more Afghans, Aqsai added.

"We warned them (Americans) not to roam around the city," Aqsai said, adding that witnesses said the bomber walked right up to them and screamed "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) before detonating his suicide vest.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said three of its service members had been killed in the north by an improvised explosive device. A spokesman declined to name the soldiers' nationality, or where the blast took place.

(Reporting by Hamid Shalizi, Writing by Amie Ferris-Rotman,)

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bobber1956 wrote:

Apr 04, 2012 10:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sjtom wrote:
They strayed off base to take photos? Beyond stupid in that toilet of a country. Rest in peace, fellas, but I’m sad to say your deaths were most likely in vain.

Apr 04, 2012 11:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BurnerJack wrote:
If Afghani’s like bombs so much, let’s bring back Linebacker II

Apr 04, 2012 11:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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