While aiming for an American military delegation, a suicide bomber in eastern Afghanistan killed 10 schoolchildren who were walking nearby and two international service members.
The bomber and detonated his explosives in Samkani district as American forces passed. A local school had just ended and the students, who were between 10 and 16 years old, were making their way home.
The attack is part of an increasing campaign of violence as Taliban and other insurgents step up bombings and raids to test of the ability of Afghan soldiers and police to hold ground without international military forces, who are now withdrawing.
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