Afghanistan is reeling from a series of attacks on the day al-Qaeda said it carried out last week’s killing of seven CIA officers in the country.
At least nine people died in a suicide bombing at a crowded market. Nearly 30 others were wounded in the explosion in the eastern city of Gardez.
The acting governor of Khost was wounded in a separate blast. Khost was also where a suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle outside a base used by Western troops and Afghan police, without claiming any victims.
The military, civilians and intelligence officers are all targets in the worsening violence.
The Jordanian suspect in the attack on the CIA workers, reportedly a double agent turned suicide bomber, had been linked to al-Qaeda. Today the group’s Afghan wing said it was behind the blast, apparently in revenge for the American military’s killing of senior militants.
Troops in Afghanistan are also fighting an increasingly active Taliban, making the most of rare mild weather this winter to step up their attacks.