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Bomb Hits Afghanistan Convoy, Wounds Three

28 January 2006 -- Afghan police said today that a bomb has struck a convoy of Afghan, Romanian, and Canadian forces in southern Afghanistan, wounding three Afghan police.

Police official Ahmad Zia Massoud said the convoy was returning on 27 January from a humanitarian mission in southern Kandahar Province when the roadside bomb exploded.

A purported Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack.

Romanian troops are part of a U.S.-led coalition force in Afghanistan. Canadian soldiers are working with a civil-military reconstruction program in Kandahar.

Separately, Afghan authorities today said that suspected Taliban militants on 27 January set fire to three primary schools in the southern province of Helmand. Officials said nobody was hurt in the fires.

(AFP, Reuters, AP)

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