A roadside bomb killed five construction workers in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday as they drove in a car near the Pakistani border. Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the provincial governor of Nangahar province, said the incident occurred just north of Jalalabad, the provincial capital, where numerous insurgent attacks have happened recently.
The bombing came shortly after two other tragedies in Afghanistan, one of which claimed the lives of three children who were killed when an insurgent lobbed a grenade into a courtyard of a compound being raided in the northern Faryab province. NATO also reported that another four women and children, and five Afghan and NATO troops were also wounded during the operation.
The NATO statement also mentioned that “several” insurgents had been killed, but this was not verified.
According to a police statement, two police officers also died Tuesday as they were destroying opium poppies in Kandahar's Zhari district. Two other officers were wounded in the blast as well.