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UPDATED: 07:58, October 24, 2005
Bomb explosion injures 11 in S. Afghanistan
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The bomb explosion in Afghan southern province of Kandahar injured 11 Sunday, a local official and a doctor said.

"A military truck full of ANA soldiers was on the way from Maiwand district to Kandahar city today, when the bomb in a motorbike stop on the roadside suddenly exploded. Three soldiers were injured," Gen. Muslim Hamid, ANA core commander in Kandahar told Xinhua.

"The injured have been sent to the hospital and the investigation is still going on," he added.

A doctor Mohammad Naeem in a local hospital at the same time told Xinhua eight civilians including two children injured in the explosion have been accepted by the hospital, which brings the total injured number to 11.

Taliban militants, after failing to derail the landmark September 18 parliamentary elections, have intensified the attacks against Afghan and foreign troops.

Kandahar and the neighboring provinces of Helmand, Uruzgan and Zabul commonly known as the heartland of Taliban has been the scene of escalating insurgency over the past one month.

Over 1,400 people including rebels, Afghan and US troops as well as aid workers and pro-government religious leaders have been killed in Taliban-led militancy this year.

Source: Xinhua

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