Seven killed in Afghanistan rocket attack

Seven Afghan civilians were killed and nine others injured when a rocket fired by the Taliban hit a market in the country`s eastern province of Nuristan, Xinhua reported citing the interior ministry Sunday.

IANS| Last Updated: Oct 13, 2013, 14:37 PM IST

Islamabad: A Pakistani national covered 6,387 km on foot to make his Haj pilgrimage to Mecca, the Al Arabiya television channel said Sunday.

Kharlzada Kasrat Rai, 37, set off for his pilgrimage June 7 from Karachi, and walked across Iran, Iraq and Jordan to arrive in Saudi Arabia Oct 1.

Kasrat Rai told Al Arabiya that he had ventured on his three-month Haj trek as a mission of peace.

“I want peace in the entire world and I want the Islamic nations to unite like the European Union,” he said, adding that he also wanted to “condemn terrorism in all its manifestations”.

Kabul: Seven Afghan civilians were killed and nine others injured when a rocket fired by the Taliban hit a market in the country`s eastern province of Nuristan, Xinhua reported citing the interior ministry Sunday.

"Seven civilians were killed and seven civilians and two policemen were wounded as a rocket fired by the Taliban terrorists struck the Duhab district bazaar of Nuristan province at round 4.15 p.m. Saturday," the ministry said in a statement.

Describing the attack as a cowardly act, the ministry strongly condemned the incident.

In addition, militants killed two children, aged eight and 10, in neighbouring Kunar province, the provincial police chief said Sunday.