Suicide Bombers Strike In Afghanistan; More Than 20 Civilians Killed

At least 22 people were killed and another 50 wounded in southern Afghanistan today when three suicide bombers blew themselves up in a market near the Kandahar Air Field used by U.S. and coalition forces.

Most of the victims were Afghan civlians, officials tell the BBC.

According to The Associated Press, Afghan officials say: “One suicide bomber detonated a three-wheeled motorbike filled with explosives. … Then, as people rushed to assist the casualties, two other suicide bombers on foot walked up to the site and blew themselves up.”

The attacks happened in an area where “small shops and private security company offices line one side of the road,” the AP adds. “Large trucks that supply logistics to Kandahar Air Field regularly park along the other side.”

“Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the attacks,” AP reports.

Al-Jazeera says the attackers may have been targeting fuel tankers.

The BBC writes that the bazaar where the attacks took place “is the last stopping point before the trucks get to the airbase, and would have been very busy when the bombers struck.”

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