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Suicide Bomber Kills 3 Soldiers in Kandahar
Three Afghan soldiers were killed and seven others were injured Monday when a jacketwalla suicide bomber stuck a military convoy in Kandahar. The motorcyclist bomber rammed into a convoy of Afghan National Army (ANA) in Zeray District of Kandahar and detonated the explosives rigged in the motorbike, said District Chief, Neyaz Mohammad Sarhadi. Two local civilian women also received serious wounds in the explosion.

The incident occurred on Monday morning at about 7:30 am on the Kandahar-Herat highway while Afghan army troops were clearing the road and bridges from roadside bombs.

A spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, Zemaray Bashari, confirmed the attack in Kandahar province, the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban.

A purported Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, in a phone call from an undisclosed location immediately claimed responsibility for the suicide attack. Ahmadi said 16 Afghan and foreign troops were killed in the blast, which he said was carried out by a young man named Rahmatullah.

Provincial officials in Kandahar dismiss the claim, arguing that international forces were not engaged in the routine Afghan patrol when the explosion took place.

Quqnoos's Mohammad Masumi in Kandahar says the security forces have cordoned off the blast scene and have blocked the highway.

The wounded Afghans soldiers and the two local women have been taken to the US-run hospital at Kandahar Airfield, Masumi added.
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