August 14th, 2012
09:42 AM ET

21 dead, 45 injured in string of suicide bombings in Afghanistan, official says

At least 27 people died and 80 were injured in a series of attacks Tuesday afternoon in Zaranj, the capital of the southwestern province of Nimruz, Afghanistan, a government spokesman said.

The first in a series of apparent suicide bomb attacks hit a government petrol station, killing and injuring some people, provincial government spokesman Omar Balusch said.

After those victims had been evacuated to the hospital, a second bomb exploded there, causing more injuries and deaths, including some who had been injured in the initial attack, Balusch said.

Two other attackers were shot dead by police after using hand grenades in attacks against various targets. Security forces in the province arrested three other bombers who were planning attacks, Balusch said.

Sporadic gunfire could still be heard inside the city Tuesday evening, Balusch said.

The attacks come one day after police arrested two other would-be attackers in Nimruz.

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  1. Omar

    That's on the Iranian border. Sounds like sunni Taliban attacking shiite. Ahh, the religion of peace...

    August 14, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    Zaranj is on the border with Iran. This looks like sunni Taliban killing shiite Persians. Ahh, the religion of peace.

    August 14, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jenni

    They will eventually eliminate each other... less apes to worry about.

    August 14, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mordecai

    Islam is the religion of peace. You do not know who orchestrated this attack or what their motives were. One word: Jews

    August 14, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      Sure @ Mordecai
      Read history of Crusades, militarization of Catholic Church in 900-1000 AD European and Christian wars and bloody revolutions, uprisings, from medieval times to 2oth century. And then some.
      Our own civil war,WW2, Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, nagasaki, Holocaust, invention and possessions of weapons of mass destruction Korea, vietnam, Falklands. Iraq, Afghanistan invasions. killing by remote and so on.
      Islam is a violent religion.

      August 14, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. blah blah blah

    Lol Mary, did you forget what name you previously posted under, and is that why you re-posted?

    August 14, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. I am the Walrus

    Suicide bombings in the middle east. You're kidding.

    August 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    What can I say that hasn't already been said?
    Sigh.

    August 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Hi @banasy
    Right.
    On the pain of repeating myself ' Operation Enduring Freedom" in its 11th year.
    Peace.

    August 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Its looking more and more like 20l4 will not be a realistic out date for our troops to leave this country.

    August 15, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |