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Suicide bomber kills 8, wounds at least 35 in downtown Kabul

RIA Novosti

14/03/2008 16:46 KABUL, March 14 (RIA Novosti) - Eight civilians were killed and at least 35 wounded as a suicide bomber blew up a car rigged with explosives in the Afghan capital, Kabul, a military official said on Friday.

General Carlos Martins Branco, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), said the car exploded on a road in downtown Kabul leading to the Kabul International Airport.

The ISAF is a NATO-led security and development mission involving more than forty nations.

"Although ISAF soldiers were not hurt, we angrily condemn this inhuman act in downtown Kabul," he said. "The attack shows the true face of the Taliban."

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the second terrorist attack in as many days to take the lives of civilians in Kabul.

On Thursday a suicide bomber attacked a U.S. military convoy outside Kabul's airport, killing six civilians and injuring over 20 people. Four American soldiers suffered minor injuries in the car bomb attack. The Taliban has also taken responsibility for this blast.

An air strike carried out by U.S.-led NATO forces in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province killed 41 Taliban militants, an Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.



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