Suicide bomber kills 13 in Afghanistan

Kabul, Jun 3 (EFE).- Ten children were among the 13 people killed Monday in a suicide attack outside a school in the eastern Afghan province of Paktia, officials told Efe.

"A suicide bomber driving a motorcycle set off the explosives a noon in the Samkanai district as it passed a NATO vehicle," provincial police chief Zalmai Oriyakhel said.

"At that moment a number of children were getting off a bus to go eat," he said, adding that 16 civilians were injured in the attack.

A spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force, Daniel Wallace, said two NATO soldiers were killed in the attack, though he offered no further details nor revealed the nationality of the victims.

So far this year and not includng the soldiers killed Monday, a total of 71 ISAF troops have lost their lives in Afghanistan, according to the independent Web site

Suicide attacks and homemade bombs are methods used repeatedly by the Taliban to strike at ISAF and Afghan government forces, though in practice they also kill a significant number of civilians.

According to a U.N. report released in February, the war in Afghanistan in 2012 left a total of 2,759 civilians dead and 4,805 wounded.