15 killed in Afghanistan attacks

The gunmen's target during the attack on Saturday was a 52km Germany-funded road construction project, designed to connect Herat with neighboring Badghis.

15 killed in Afghanistan attacks

World Bulletin/News Desk

Two separate attacks have killed 15 people in Afghanistan as the Taliban’s involevemnt is suspected.

In the western province of Herat, a group of armed men on Saturday night attacked a construction site with rocket propelled grenades and machine rifles, Herat Governor's Office and Afghan Ministry of Labor said. Nine workers and a police officer were killed in the attack.

The gunmen's target was a 52km Germany-funded road construction project, designed to connect Herat with neighboring Badghis.

No group has claimed the attack yet, while the Taliban is known to target foreign-funded projects. The group even goes to designate Afghans working with foreigners as "traitors," threatening to kill them.

Another attack took place on Saturday in the province of Helmand, where a remote-controlled bomb installed on the side of a road detonated while a pick-up was passing by. A couple and their three children died. Security forces launched an operation in the area.

Afghanistan has recently seen a steep rise in the number of attacks carried out against civilians. A United Nations report says there is an increase of 23% in the first half of 2013 compared to last year.

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