Suicide bomber targets bus carrying army recruits killing at least 10, injuring over 30

At least 10 people have been killed after a minibus carrying recruits for the Afghan security forces was hit in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

The bomb detonated in a rickshaw as the bus passed wounding 27 others. The casualties included recruits and civilians, including a child.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Jalalabad is the scene of frequent attacks by the Taliban and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS, ISIL) group.

Months of peace talks between the US and the Taliban, which has waged an armed rebellion since it was toppled from power in 2001, had raised hopes of bringing an end to the conflict but it came to an abrupt halt last month when US President Donald Trump cancelled the talks.

The attack coincides with the statement from Save the Children, who were marking 18 years of US-led intervention in Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks. According to the statement “an estimated 20 million children wake up every day in fear of gunshots or bombs and being killed or maimed in their streets, schools or homes.”

It reported that 12,500 children were either killed or maimed between 2015 and 2018, 3.7 million children – 60 percent of them girls – are out of school, and 3.8 million children need humanitarian assistance.

Source : Various