Triple blasts in S. Afghanistan claim 8 lives

10:23, March 02, 2010      

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Triple explosions in Afghanistan's troubled southern region claimed eight lives in a single day on Monday amid ongoing operation against Taliban bastion in Marjah district of southern Helmand province.

In the first incident in Taliban birthplace Kandahar province, at least four civilians were killed and another sustained injuries, officials said.

A suicide bomber attacked a convoy of the NATO-led troops in Kandahar, south of Afghanistan, killing four civilians on Monday, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

"The attack occurred at 07:30 a.m. local time today on a road in Daman district when a convoy of NATO-led forces was passing, claiming the lives of four innocent citizens and injured another," said the statement.

Hours later, another blast rocked Kandahar city, the capital of Kandahar province, left one civilian dead and injured 16 others including nine policemen.

"A car bomb exploded by terrorists next to a police station in Kandahar city the capital of Kandahar province today afternoon claimed the life of one civilian and wounded 16 others including nine police and seven civilians," the Interior Ministry said in another statement.

Also on Monday, a roadside bomb struck a civilian car in the neighboring Helmand province killing three aboard, spokesman for provincial administration Daud Ahmadi said.

"The gruesome incident occurred in Bulan, a suburban of the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah killing three innocent citizens, " Ahmadi told Xinhua.

He blamed Taliban militants for the attack, saying the militants by carrying out subversive activities want to destabilize the province.

Increase of militancy is seen amid ongoing Afghan-NATO joint operation against Taliban bastion in Marjah district of the neighboring Helmand province.

Some 15,000 Afghan and NATO-led troops including 5,000 U.S. Marines kicked off the ever-biggest offensive dubbed Moshtarak or Together on Feb. 13 against Taliban bastion in Marjah to restore government authority there and adjoining areas.

However, Taliban militants relying largely on suicide attacks and roadside bombings have vowed to fight advancing troops tooth and nail.

Source: Xinhua
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