KABUL, Afghanistan — Two bomb blasts killed at least 19 people in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, including 11 children and two soldiers from the U.S.-led coalition, as Taliban militants continued a wave of violence as part of their spring offensive.
Nine schoolchildren and an Afghan police officer were killed when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated his explosives in a busy market in Paktia province along the Pakistani border, Paktia police chief Zalmai Oryakhail said. Two U.S.-led coalition soldiers were also killed in the attack, according to NATO forces. Their nationalities were not disclosed as of Monday afternoon.
The target appeared to be a U.S. military convoy that had been passing a school in the area at the time of the blast, Oryakhail said.
Earlier Monday in Laghman province, a car ran over a roadside bomb, which killed a family of seven inside, including four women and two children, said Sarhadi Zowak, a provincial spokesman. The family had driven to the mountains to gather firewood and was on its way home when the blast occurred, Zowak said.