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8 killed in Afghan blast

world Updated: Aug 25, 2009 23:13 IST
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Afghan officials say that at least eight people have been killed in a huge blast in the southern city of Kandahar that was caused by five car bombs strung together.

A doctor at Kandahar's main hospital says the hospital has received eight dead bodies and 13 people wounded in the blast.

A provincial council member, Haji Agha Lalai, says five vehicles filled with explosives detonated together, causing a huge blast that rocked Afghanistan's largest southern city tonight.

Lalai says the blast targeted a Japanese construction company that mostly hires Pakistani engineers.
Taliban militants have carried out several complex attacks in Kandahar the last several year.