Suicide Bomber Kills 16 in Afghanistan

Two children among the dead in latest attack
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 20, 2009 6:44 AM CST
Afghan soldiers secure a street in Kabul yesterday for the inauguration of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.   (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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(Newser) – A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed 16 people, including two children and a policeman, and wounded at least 23 others today in a busy city square in western Afghanistan. The violence comes a day after President Hamid Karzai, in his second inaugural address, said he has placed national reconciliation with insurgents at the top of his peace-building agenda.

"These days, Taliban are causing high casualties because the foreign forces and Afghan forces have been conducting operations against the insurgency in the region," said the local police chief in Farah, in western Afghanistan. An operation three days ago in another part of the province killed five insurgents, including a Taliban commander and a bomb-maker.