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'Many killed' by Afghan car bomb
by BBC (reposted)
Thursday Aug 3rd, 2006 9:11 AM
At least 21 people have been killed in a car bomb attack on a market in southern Afghanistan, officials say.
At least 13 people were injured in the attack, which took place in the southern province of Kandahar.

Earlier this week, UK and Canadian-led Nato forces took control of military operations in southern Afghanistan from US-led coalition troops.

The area is a stronghold of the Taleban and hundreds of people have been killed there in fighting in recent months.

Nato patrol

"There was a suicide attack in Panjwayi bazaar. Twenty-one civilians, including children, were killed and 13 others were injured," interior ministry spokesman Yousuf Stanizai is quoted as saying by AFP.

A Nato spokesman said a convoy of Nato troops was moving through the area when the attack took place, but was unaffected.

"They were close enough to hear the blast," the spokesman, Maj Scott Lundy, told the Associated Press news agency.

It is not clear if they were the target.

Soldiers die

Earlier on Thursday, a Canadian soldier with Nato died in Kandahar when a bomb hit his vehicle. Another Nato soldier was wounded, the alliance said.

And local officials said 10 Taleban fighters were killed by Afghan and Nato forces in the neighbouring Helmand province, during a raid on a Taleban hideout.

by ALJ
Thursday Aug 3rd, 2006 9:14 AM
At least 21 Afghan civilians have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack on a Nato troop convoy in the southern province of Kandahar.

Thirteen people were also injured in Thursday's blast at a local market in the Panjwayi district, said Iyousef Stanezai, an interior ministry spokesman.

No Nato troops were hurt by the blast, a Nato spokesman said.

The attack, which took place just days after Nato took over security from US troops in the increasingly volatile south, is one of the bloodiest in Afghanistan for months.

Four Nato soldiers have been killed since the group assumed security control of southern Afghanistan on Monday.

Six other Nato soldiers have been killed in recent months as Nato stepped up its deployment ahead of the takeover.

The Taliban, intensifying operations in recent months, have vowed to topple President Hamid Karzai's US-backed government and drive out foreign forces.