Afghan official: Blast kills 20 civilians

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

An Afghan official says an explosion has killed 20 civilians in Kandahar, the largest city in the country's south.

Javid Faisal, a spokesman for Kandahar province, says at least
22 others were wounded in Wednesday's blast, which occurred in a
market area several kilometers from Kandahar Air Field. The massive
military installation is used by the U.S.-led coalition.

The spokesman says the explosives were placed in a vehicle in an area where shopkeepers sell logistical supplies for the military
base.

In eastern Afghanistan, police say two civilians have been killed in a nighttime raid by NATO troops against militants holed up in a village in eastern Afghanistan.

A NATO forces spokesman says no civilians were killed in today's
pre-dawn operation.

A provincial police chief says the operation killed 12 militants, including the district Taliban commander.


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