“Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain…” — Qur’an 9:111
“Seven suicide attackers strike at Afghan facilities,” from CNN, July 25 (thanks to Twostellas):
(CNN) — At least seven Taliban insurgents wearing suicide vests and wielding machine guns struck at government targets Saturday in the eastern city of Khost, authorities in Afghanistan said.
The attackers targeted a commercial bank, a campaign forces building, a national police building and a military hospital, opening fire before detonating their suicide vests, said Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammed Zahir Azimi.
However, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) called the attacks unsuccessful, saying the insurgents were killed by Afghan security forces. It said two police officers were wounded.
Azimi said at least 14 civilians, three military service members and a police officer were wounded.
ISAF said some of the insurgents tried to destroy the front gate of the police headquarters, but soldiers reacted before the militants could enter the compound. It also said six attackers were killed while trying to storm another site.
A group of militants in a car filled with explosives tried to bypass a secured checkpoint at an Afghan military hospital, Lt. Col. Stephan Smith, commander of 2nd Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment, said in the ISAF statement. The vehicle exploded, injuring two Afghan national police officers and two civilians, the statement said.
ISAF said the Afghan troops remained in control of the scene with ISAF troops assisting….
This week, seven suicide bombers dressed as women targeted Afghan police officers in Gardez; two would-be suicide bombers died as they tried to attack targets in Jalalabad; and a U.S. service member was killed in fighting….