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.
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
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.