Central & South Asia
Nato soldiers hit in Afghan blast
Suicide car bomb targets Isaf forces in western city of Herat.
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2008 18:55 GMT


A suicide car bomb is reported to have exploded outside a base of the Nato-led military force in  Afghanistan's western city of Herat, wounding several  troops.
The car bomb exploded on Saturday at the gates of a base which is run by Italian troops in the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf), with some Spanish soldiers also stationed there. 

"We did have casualties - just wounded," an Isaf media official at the force's headquarters in the Afghan capital Kabul told the AFP news agency.
There were several wounded, she said, without giving more details.

Isaf does not release the nationalities of its casualties.

An AFP reporter at the scene said the bomb appeared to have struck a military vehicle which had overturned.
The area was sealed off and Afghan officials could not immediately say if any civilians had been struck by the explosion.
Many of the suicide bombings in Afghanistan are carried out by Taliban fighters who were removed from government in a US-led invasion in late 2001 for sheltering al-Qaeda.
There were about 84 suicide attacks to the end of September this year, down from the 119 for the same period last year, according to independent security monitoring group the Afghanistan NGO Safety Office. 

About half were aimed at the international security forces but about three-quarters of the casualties were civilians, it said in a report released last week.

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