Kabul: A suicide bomber targeting an American patrol outside a busy market in eastern Afghanistan killed 13 people on Monday, including 10 schoolchildren who were walking nearby and two international service members, officials said.

Gen Zelmia Oryakhail, provincial police chief of Paktia province, said the bomber was on a motorcycle and detonated explosives at midday outside the market in Samkani district as American forces passed.

He said a local school had just let pupils out for lunch. The US military coalition in Afghanistan confirmed that two of its service members died in the explosion.

“Ten schoolchildren and one Afghan police officer were killed,” the Afghan Ministry of Interior said in a statement.


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