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Kabul suicide bomber targets troops
At least three people killed in third attack in two days in Afghanistan.
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2007 10:24 GMT

The bomber detonated his explosives as a convoy was approaching in a busy residential area [AFP]

A suicide car bomber has attacked a convoy believed to be carrying soldiers and civilians in a busy residential area of Kabul, killing at least three civilians and wounding five others, the interior ministry said.

Saturday's blast was the third suicide bombing targeting the Nato-led forces in Afghanistan in two days.
"It was a suicide car bomb attack against a foreign forces vehicle," Alishah Paktiawal, the head of the city police's criminal department, said.

"One foreign national has been slightly wounded," along with four Afghan civilians, he added.
A spokesman for the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said: "Right now we think it may have been a private convoy of private contractors."

He said that Isaf troops might have been attached to the convoy to provide security. One soldier could have been among the casualties but he could not confirm this yet, he added.

'Terrible explosion'

The bomber, who died in the attack, planted the explosives in a taxi, the Afghan interior ministry said in a statement.

"I was driving. The car just behind me exploded. It was a terrible explosion," one witness said.
  
"An Isaf convoy was coming from the opposite direction. An Isaf vehicle was on fire but drove away," he added.

The attack was the fifth suicide bombing in the capital this year but there have been several others around the country, mainly in the south and east.

On Friday, a bomber drove his car into a Nato convoy in Tirin Kot, capital of the central province of Uruzgan, killing five children playing nearby, Mohammad Nabi, a provincial government official, said.

Four adult civilians were also killed and seven wounded, Mohammad Qasim, local police chief, said. The Dutch defence ministry said the attack killed a soldier from the Dutch Army's 42nd Battalion.

Another suicide bomber attacked a convoy in the southern city of Kandahar, wounding at least five civilians, a police official said. A man with explosives strapped to his body approached the convoy and blew himself up, a witness said.
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