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Latest update : 2008-04-10

A suicide car bomber targeting international troops in Kandahar killed at least eight civilians. The explosion reportedly occurred as a NATO-led military convoy passed through the area, though no troops were hurt. (Report: N. Germain)

A suicide car bomb attack on a NATO convoy on Thursday killed eight Afghan civilians in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, police said.

No NATO troops were hurt as their convoy had just passed when the bomber detonated his explosives, police said.

There was no claim of responsibility, but the Taliban have vowed to step up their war to expel foreign troops and bring down the Western-backed government. Intermittent fighting has been picking up recently after a traditional winter lull.

"It was a suicide car attack on NATO. It killed eight civilians but caused no casualties among NATO because the convoy had passed when it happened," Kandahar police chief Sayed Aqa Saqib told Reuters.

Twenty people, including two policemen, were wounded, he said.

Despite the presence of about 60,000 foreign soldiers led by NATO and the U.S. military, as well as some 140,000 Afghan troops, Taliban militants have made a comeback in the past two years and more than 11,000 people have been killed in violence.

Date created : 2008-04-10

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