Taliban Suicide Bomber Kills 12 Afghan Army Recruits    

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack on a bus carrying army recruits.

Targeting of army recruitment centers is long-time Taliban strategy.

A Taliban suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed at least 12 army recruits on a bus in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said, just hours after a similar attack killed two people in the capital Kabul.

“The suicide bomber was on a three-wheel motorcycle and targeted new army recruits who were heading to Kabul for training,” said a police official.   At least 26 others were wounded.

The Afghan army and police lost about 6,000 men in 2015, but a lack of job opportunities has kept young men coming to join the military, for the entry-level salary of approximately $200 a month.

Schoolgirls walk past a damaged mini-bus after it was hit by a bomb blast in the Bagrami district of Kabul, Afghanistan April 11, 2016.  REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Schoolgirls walk past a damaged mini-bus after it was hit by a bomb blast in the Bagrami district of Kabul, Afghanistan April 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

A few hours earlier, a magnetic bomb exploded on an Education Ministry commuter bus, which killed two people and wounded seven.

An official with the Education Ministry said, ““The Education Ministry is neither a political nor military organization. We educate everyone’s child, so why were we targeted?”

 







 

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