Officials: Suicide bomb kills 6 in Afghan south

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 4, 2010 20:37



A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives near a hotel in southern Afghanistan, killing at least six people and wounding nearly two dozen Thursday,  officials said.




The blast in Kandahar happened as NATO and Afghan forces were preparing for a joint offensive against Taliban terrorists in the neighboring province of Helmand in a major bid to break the Taliban stranglehold on the south.




The blast occurred in a busy commercial area near a major road that is frequently used by US officials and other dignitaries in Kandahar, the main commercial center of the south.




But the six killed, including a child, were near the hotel, according to hospital official Mohammad Ibrahim. He said 18 people also were wounded.



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