Afghanistan: 2 dead in attack on coalition forces

An attacker blew himself up in a failed assault on coalition forces in volatile southern Afghanistan, while two US helicopters made emergency landings during combat operations and three American soldiers were injured in a bomb blast, officials said. The attempted attack against the coalition forces occurred Sunday as the convoy passed through the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar. Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Yousuf Stanekzai said the explosives detonated when the attacker was hit by a motorbike, whose driver was killed. The blast also killed the attacker and wounded two other people, US military and Afghan police officials said.