Suicide Bomb Attack in Afghanistan Kills 41By VOA News
07 July 2008

Afghan policemen and health workers carry a dead body at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, 07 Jul 2008
Authorities in Afghanistan say a suicide car bomb attack outside the Indian Embassy in Kabul has killed at least 41 people, including four Indian nationals.

A public health spokesman also reports that 141 people were wounded in Monday's attack.

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing. But the Afghan Interior Ministry said the attack was likely carried out in coordination with what it called "active intelligence circles in the region." In the past, Afghanistan has accused Pakistani agents of being behind several attacks on its soil.

In Washington, a White House spokesman condemned the attack, calling it a needless act of violence. Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai also condemned the bombing, saying it was carried out by militants who are against the friendship between Afghanistan and India.

India has close relations with the Afghan government and is funding several infrastructure projects around the country.

On Sunday, Afghan authorities said a U.S.-led coalition airstrike killed at least 22 civilians in the country's eastern Nangarhar province.

Police say the civilians were attending a wedding party near the border with Pakistan. A local official told VOA's Afghan service that 10 women and 10 children were among those killed.

The U.S.-led coalition says its missiles only struck militants, adding that no women or children were present in the area.
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