Bicycle bomb near police bus injures 11 in Kabul
Eleven people were wounded in the Afghan capital of Kabul early Tuesday when a bicycle bomb was detonated by remote control near a police bus.
The morning blast injured police and civilians, Abdul Rahman Sarjang, a police officer, told the Associated Press at the scene.
Afghan police sifted through the remains of the bicycle bomb, which shattered windows on the bus but did not severely damage it. Police were able to drive it away about an hour after the attack.
"They are targeting police," said Jan Agha, a police officer at the scene.
Aghasaid his US$50 monthly salary was notenough compensation, given thegrowing risks from insurgents that police are facing.
Militants have increased the number of attacks, including roadside and suicide bombings, in Afghanistan over the last few months, with foreign troops and Afghan security forces usually the main targets.
In late September, a suicide bomber killed 12 people and injured 40 just outside the gates of the Afghan interior ministry.The ministryis responsible for the country's police force.
Canada has more than 2,000 troops in Afghanistan, with the majority in the southern province of Kandahar. Forty Canadian soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since Canada first sent troops there in early 2002.
A funeral for the 37th Canadian soldier to die, Pte. Josh Klukie, 23, was scheduled to be held on Tuesday in Thunder Bay, Ont. He died Sept. 29 when he stepped on a booby trap in Afghanistan's Panjwaii district.
Klukie was a member of 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, which is based at CFB Petawawa near Ottawa
With files from the Associated Press