Car bomber in south Afghanistan kills 3 civilians

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 30, 2010 16:01




KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide attack on a NATO convoy killed three civilians and wounded nine others Thursday near the airport in the Taliban heartland of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan, a local official said.

Evidence of fraud in the country's recent parliamentary vote continued to mount, meanwhile, as the election commission said it had invalidated some of the ballots cast in 10 provinces and ordered partial recounts in others.

The suicide attacker detonated explosives while in his vehicle, causing the casualties, said Zulmai Ayubi, a spokesman for the Kandahar governor. He did not have further details.

A NATO spokesman confirmed one Afghan death and said the blast caused substantial damage to buildings in the immediate area and left a significant crater in the highway. NATO said the wounded civilians were medically evacuated. One coalition vehicle was damaged in the attack.

The Taliban claimed responsibility.


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