Afghan Blast Killed 59 Children

Death toll reaches 75; police have detained two suspects
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2007 5:22 PM CST
Mourners pay their respects to the coffins of Afghan lawmakers at a military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The death toll from Tuesday's suicide bombing in northern Afghanistan has been revised up to 75, CNN reports, including 59  schoolchildren who had come to greet the visiting dignitaries who were the target of the attack. The blast also claimed five teachers, six lawmakers, and five of their guards. Police have detained two possible suspects, Reuters reports.

The two arrested men—one a mosque prayer leader, the other a resident of the industrial part of the town where the blast took place—are being questioned, though
an official declined to say whether they were affiliated with any insurgent or political group. The bombing was the deadliest suicide attack since the fall of the Taliban in 2001