Explosion shocks eastern Afghan city

17:54, June 06, 2010      

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A powerful explosion rocked Jalalabad city the capital of Nangarhar province in east Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said.

"The blast targeted a convoy of NATO-led troops but caused no loss of life or damage to the troops," a police officer at the site told Xinhua but refused to be identified.

Meantime, director of Health Department in Jalalabad city Ajmal Pardis said nine persons were injured in the blast.

"Nine injured men all of them civilians have been taken to hospital," Pardis told Xinhua.

Meantime, spokesman for provincial administration Ahmad Zia Abdulzai in talks with Xinhua confirmed the blast and said, "It was a suicide attack against a convoy of international troops which left five persons including one policeman injured." The blast occurred in Pul-e-Behsoud area, he further said.

He did not provide more information, saying investigation is underway and complete details would be released later.

This is the third bomb attack in Afghanistan Sunday. Earlier two roadside bombings killed six persons in the southern Kandahar and northern Kunduz provinces.



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