Canadians wounded in Afghan blast

In two separate incidents in Afghanistan two Canadian soldiers have been wounded by a roadside bomb, and US-led soldiers have shot dead a man who was about to attack a convoy with a hand grenade.

    Canadian forces have come under repeated attack

    The roadside bomb exploded in the Sangeen district of Helmand province in the south of the country and, according to Canadian military officials, struck a vehicle belonging to a reconstruction team.

    Lieutenant Mark McIntyre said: "Two Canadian soldiers have been slightly wounded in Helmand province today when their Bison armoured vehicle was hit by an  explosion."

    A spokesman, saying he represented the Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack in a call to AFP news agency.

    Canada has 2,300 soldiers in southern Afghanistan and took  command in February of a multinational force fighting Taliban and al-Qaeda members.

    Eleven Canadian soldiers and one diplomat have died in  Afghanistan since 2002.

    Elsewhere in the eastern province of Nangarha a militant stepped out of a vehicle in the Batikot district and prepared to throw a grenade at a passing military convoy according to Ghafur Khan, a spokesman for the local police.

    Coalition soldiers fired at the man, killing him before he could throw the grenade, which then exploded, Khan said.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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