Finnish soldier, 3 others killed by bomb

A bomb in northern Afghanistan killed a Finnish soldier and an Afghan civilian Wednesday, while a suicide attacker in the capital killed two people, including a policeman, officials said.

Finnish soldier, 3 others killed by bomb

A bomb in northern Afghanistan killed a Finnish soldier and an Afghan civilian Wednesday, while a suicide attacker in the capital killed two people, including a policeman, officials said.

The blast in the northern city of Maymana just 100 yards outside a Norwegian-led base killed a Finnish soldier and slightly wounded four Norwegian officers, the Norwegian military in Oslo said.

The soldiers had been on their way to a hospital for the opening of a project, said Lt. Col. John Inge Oeglaend, a spokesman for the Norwegian joint command. A civilian was also wounded, said provincial police chief Khalil Ziyaeehe.

Northern Afghanistan is relatively calm compared with the country's south and east, but the region has seen an increasing number of attacks in recent weeks. A suicide bomber in the northern city of Kunduz on Saturday killed 10 people, including three German soldiers walking through a market.

"No parts of Afghanistan are safe, but the north has normally been quieter," said Oeglaend. "But this is one of the threats we have been prepared for and have been aware of for a long time."

In the capital, Kabul, a suicide attacker on a motorbike blew himself up next to highway police guarding a road construction project, killing one policeman and a civilian, officials said.

Last Mod: 23 Mayıs 2007, 18:43
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