Kabul: A dozen militants died when the bombs
they were making exploded in northwest Afghanistan, ministry officials said Wednesday.
The incident yesterday also injured six other people in
the Ghormach district of Faryab province, which borders
Turkmenistan, the interior ministry in Kabul said. It added
that the dead included two local militant commanders.
Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) or home-made bombs
are the weapon of choice for insurgents and are a frequent
cause of death for foreign troops as well as civilians in
There are around 140,000 international troops fighting a
Taliban insurgency that is now in its tenth year.
The US-led coalition suffered its highest annual death
toll last year with 711 fatalities, according to the
International troops are due to start a limited,
conditions-based withdrawal from July. Afghan forces are
scheduled to take over responsibility for security in 2014.
Afghan officials say that last year 2,043 civilians died
as a result of Taliban attacks and military operations
targeting the militants.