The FINANCIAL — KABUL. Militant attacks have killed at least 15 civilians in Afghanistan's volatile east and south, the local authorities said on July 11, according to RIA Novosti.
A deadly militant attack occurred late on July 10 in the eastern border province of Paktia, when unidentified gunmen killed 11 Pakistanis who had crossed into Afghanistan to buy food supplies, Rohullah Samon, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said.
According to Samon, 11 Shia minority Muslim tribesmen were killed and three people, including a child, were wounded after their minibus was ambushed in the Chamkani district.
In Kandahar city in the southern Kandahar province, a remote-controlled bomb on a motorcycle exploded on July 10, killing at least one person and injuring several others.
Also on Saturday, the prosecutor of the Khwaja Umari district in the south-east Ghazni province was shot dead by unidentified gunmen.
A roadside bomb that went off in the Qalay-i-Zai district in the northern province of Kunduz on Saturday evening destroyed a vehicle, in which the head of the district was traveling, killing the official, the driver and wounding the official's son and bodyguard.
In the Chahar Dara district of the same province, an explosion blew up a U.S. armored personnel carrier, injuring two soldiers.
Violence has surged in Afghanistan in recent months, with the radical Islamic Taliban group, which was toppled in a 2001 U.S.-led campaign, staging regular attacks on provincial government officials, police and civilians and planting roadside bombs to target Afghan, U.S. and NATO troops.