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Kandahar Car Bomb Kills Three Civilians

16 November 2005 -- Police in Afghanistan say a suicide car bomber today rammed a vehicle filled with explosives into a U.S.-Afghan military convoy, killing three Afghan civilians.

Government spokesperson Mohammed Nasiem said four people were also injured in the attack in the southern city of Kandahar.

An eyewitness described the attack to RFE/RL's correspondent.

"The convoy was coming from one side and that car was coming from the other side," the unidentified man said. "I don't know how it happened, if that car hit them from the side or from the back of the convoy, all of them were foreigners [in the convoy]."

The blast came two days after militants used twin suicide car bombs to attack NATO peacekeepers in the capital, Kabul. Authorities blamed Al-Qaeda for those blasts, which killed a German soldier and eight Afghans.

In a separate incident, Interior Ministry spokesperson Yousif Stanikzai says five police officers were killed and two were injured when their vehicle today hit a mine in the southeastern province of Paktika. Stanikzai said police have arrested two suspected Taliban members believed to have been involved in the attack.


Copyright (c) 2005. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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