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Many dead in Afghan blasts
Attacks in south and north lead to deaths of foreigners and Afghan soldiers.
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2010 21:28 GMT
The first blast in Kandahar struck near
a hotel in the city centre [EPA]

A suicide car bomber in Afghanistan has killed three foreigners and three Afghan soldiers in the south of the country.

The attack in the city of Kandahar on Thursday injured nine other people and blew windows out of several buildings, including the home of the brother of Hamid Karzai, the president said.

"The attack was on a security company," Ahmad Wali Karzai, head of the Kandahar provincial council, told the Reuters news agency.

"There are some casualties. Some foreigners were injured and killed; some security guards were killed," Karzai said.

It was the second attack of the day in Kandahar, where numerous strikes have occurred in recent weeks, after a large car bomb exploded near a hotel in the centre of the city.

Six people were wounded and vehicles and shops were destroyed in the blast, officials said.

The strikes come ahead of an expected major offensive by US and Nato troops in the restive region in the coming months.

Northern attack

In a different incident in the north, four German soldiers were killed and five others injured in Baghlan province when the group came under fire from opposition fighters.

The soldiers were reported to have come under rocket fire while close to the Pol-i-Khomri military camp, the German Defence Ministry, said.

It was the deadliest single attack for foreign troops in 2010.

US and Nato troops are in the country to secure it from Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters.

The forces are in the country after the US-led invasion in 2001 to remove the Taliban, whom they accused of harbouring al-Qaeda operatives, from power following the September 11 attacks on the US of the same year.

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