Three civilian lives have been claimed in a Taliban suicide attack in a failed attempt to target foreign forces in the Daman district of Kandahar province in Afghanistan, officials have said. 

The attacker prematurely triggered a bomb packed inside his vehicle before getting close to an international military convoy on patrol on Saturday.

"A suicide bomber driving a Toyota sedan detonated his vehicle in Daman on the road from Kandahar city to Spin Boldak (on the border with Pakistan)," Javed Faisal, the Kandhar govenor's spokesman told AFP.

"The target of the suicide bomber was foreign forces, but it exploded prematurely. Three civilians were killed -- two children and a woman. Seven men were wounded."

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack, which occured three or four kilometres from Kandahar airport, a major base for US forces in Afghanistan.

Kandahar is also the spiritual home of the Taliban and also the birthplace of President Hamid Karzai, who has headed Afghanistan's government since the US-led invasion ousted Taliban in 2001. 

The NATO-led military coalition said it was aware of the attack but had no additional details.

The recent attack is yet another sign of instability before the 87,000 international combat troops withdrawing from the region next year.

Four Afghans were killed on Friday in a Taliban suicide attack on the US consulate in the city of Herat.        

Source: AFP