Afghan bomber accidentally blows up militants

(HH here: I am not one to often indulge in schadenfreude “largely unanticipated delight in the suffering of another which is cognized as trivial and/or appropriate.” but in this case I am laughing like a loon. Talk about karma being a bitch!!)
Afghan bomber accidentally blows up militants
Posted 11 hours 15 minutes ago
Updated 11 hours 14 minutes ago

A would-be suicide bomber accidentally blew himself up, killing six other militants as he was bidding them farewell to leave for his intended target, the Interior Ministry said.

“The terrorist was on his way to his destination and saying good-bye to his associates and then his suicide vest exploded,” a statement from the ministry said.

Taliban-led attacks in Afghanistan have escalated in the past year with suicide and roadside bombings insurgents’ weapons of choice.

The incident happened in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan where mainly British troops are struggling against a growing Taliban-led insurgency.

In a separate incident in Helmand, nine policemen were killed when Taliban insurgents attacked a police post in Nari Sarraj district, the Interior Ministry said.

Elsewhere, four Taliban insurgents were killed and seven policemen and two civilians wounded during a battle just outside Ghazni city, about 200 kilometres south-west of the capital Kabul, a spokesman for the provincial governor said.

On Friday, Washington is set to unveil a review of its strategy in Afghanistan, which is expected to emphasise the need to expand Afghan security forces and strengthen the country’s heavily aid-dependent economy.

– Reuters

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