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Deaths in Afghan suicide bombing
Suicide bomber kills two people in attack outside Nato military base.
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2009 13:50 GMT
Thousands of US marines are battling the Taliban in Helmand in a major offensive  [AFP]

At least two people have been killed in a suicide attack outside a major Nato military base in southern Afghanistan, officials have said.

The bomber drove a car packed with explosives towards a line of lorry drivers waiting to supply US-led troops at the Kandahar airfield, a key base for international troops.

"It was a suicide car attack, which killed two truck drivers and wounded 10 more of them, along with two (Afghan) army soldiers," General Sher Mohammad Zazai told reporters in Kandahar.

He said no foreign troops were killed or wounded in the attack.

Major assault

The suicide bomber killed 12 Nato troops and four Afghan soldiers, a Taliban spokesman told the Reuters news agency in Pakistan by telephone.

There was no independent confirmation of the report.

Kandahar is considered to be the heartland of the Taliban and is near Helmand where US marines are engaged in a major assault against the Taliban.

The province supplies most of the opium poppy funding the Taliban's activities.

The US marines are the biggest wave of 17,000 fresh US troops ordered into Afghanistan by Barack Obama, the US president, as part of his strategy to defeat the Taliban.

The US-led offensive in Helmand, code-named Operation Strike of the Sword, was launched last Thursday.

While no major battles have been reported, attacks there and elsewhere have killed civilians as well as Afghan and foreign soldiers.

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