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New suicide attack in Afghanistan kills dozens

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Latest update : 2008-02-18

A suicide attacker blew up a car bomb near a military convoy in a town near the Afghan-Pakistani border killing at least 35 people, the day after an attack in Kandahar which killed more than 100.

A suicide attacker blew up a car bomb in the Afghan border town of Spin Boldak Monday, killing eight people, the NATO-led military force and Afghan police said.  According to an Afghan governor, the death toll is 35 people.
   
Police said the attack targeted a convoy of international soldiers in the town, which is near the border with Pakistan, and three were wounded.
   
The media office of NATO's International Security Assistance Force could not immediately confirm ISAF soldiers were involved.
   
"We can confirm eight local nationals have been killed and two were wounded," an official told AFP.
   
Kandahar border police commander General Abdul Raziq said seven Afghans were killed and eight wounded. Three foreign soldiers were also wounded, he said, describing the attack as a suicide car bomb.
   
The blast follows one on Sunday in the city of Kandahar, less than 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Spin Boldak.
   
More than 100 people were killed in that explosion, which tore through a crowd of hundreds of men watching a dog-fighting match.
   
It was the deadliest suicide attack in Afghanistan which is battling a fierce insurgency by Taliban extremists who were in government between 1996 and 2001.

Date created : 2008-02-18

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