Kandahar: A suicide car bombing targeted a
NATO military convoy in the Taliban`s heartland of southern
Afghanistan on Thursday, killing three civilians, police said.
NATO`s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
could not immediately confirm the incident, which police said
took place on a highway linking the southern city of Kandahar
to the Pakistani border.
The road also links Kandahar to the biggest US-run base
in Afghanistan at Kandahar Air Field.
"Three people, all civilians, have been killed and about
nine others injured," Zalmai Ayoubi, a spokesman for the
provincial government told a news agency, updating his earlier toll of
He said the bomber targeted a NATO military convoy.
"There has been a suicide car bomb along the road between the
air field and the city. There have been some casualties but
the numbers are yet to be determined," regional police
commander General Shafiq Afzali told a news agency.
He could not say if foreign troops had suffered any
casualties. Police said children were among those injured.
Suicide bombings are a key insurgent tactic against
Western military forces and Afghan targets. There are more
than 1,52,000 foreign, mostly US, troops based in Afghanistan,
trying to put down a nine-year Taliban insurgency.
International and Afghan forces are currently engaged in
a major offensive in and around Kandahar city, the Taliban`s
heartland and their former capital.
The eradication of insurgents from Kandahar is seen as
key to the counter-insurgency strategy, which aims to enable
US troops to start a gradual withdrawal from July next year.