Car bomb hits Afghanistan's Kandahar, kills 8

A car bomb attack killed eight Afghan civilians outside a guest house frequented by foreigners in southern Kandahar city, a police official said.

Car bomb hits Afghanistan's Kandahar, kills 8

A car bomb attack killed eight Afghan civilians on Thursday outside a guest house frequented by foreigners in southern Kandahar city, a police official said.

"Police spotted the suicide bomber and fired at him but he managed to detonate his explosives. As a result eight people were martyred," senior police officer Fazl Ahmad Sherzai told reporters in Kandahar.

Two police, who were guarding the Continental, a guest house often visited by foreign journalists in the heart of Kandahar city, were also wounded in the blast, Sherzai said. Sherzai did not say who he thought was the target of the attack.

There are around 2,800 Canadian troops based in Kandahar who are due to leave in 2011. Under plans in place before McChrystal took command, Washington sent a new brigade of ground troops to Kandahar this year.

Around 110,000 foreign troops have deployed in Afghanistan since US-led invasion in 2001. 68,000 of those are American.

Reuters
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