Six killed by suicide bomber
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP): A suicide bomber detonated explosives
strapped to his body inside a produce shop in southern Afghanistan on
Friday, killing six people, the provincial governor said.
The bomber was apparently targeting a police official who was inside
the shop, said Ghulam Dastagir Azad, the governor of Nimroz province.
The explosion in the provincial capital killed the official and five
civilians, he said.
Nimroz Police Chief Gen. Jabar Pardeli confirmed the figures.
Four shops were also destroyed in the blast.Separately Friday, three
U.S. soldiers were killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan, said
Col. Greg Julian, a U.S. military spokesman.
The assault followed a coalition strike on a bomb-making network in
Zabul on Thursday in which the U.S. military said five militants were
The troops were pursuing a Taliban militant known to have directed
roadside bomb attacks along the country‚Äôs major highway, the military
said in a statement.
During the strike on his compound, they came under fire from those
inside. The statement says the militants refused calls to surrender and
the coalition forces killed five armed militants and captured three
suspects in the ensuing clash.
Two other U.S. soldiers also died in a suicide attack in a busy
marketplace in Maywand district of Kandahar province.