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Canadian troops kill alleged suicide bomber in Afghanistan

An alleged new year's day suicide attack on Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan was foiled when the troops killed the driver of the explosive-laden vehicle.

world Updated: Jan 03, 2009 12:18 IST

An alleged new year's day suicide attack on Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan was foiled when the troops killed the driver of the explosive-laden vehicle.

Soldiers were on a bomb-sweeping patrol north of Kandahar city of the war ravaged country when a Toyota Land Cruiser pulled out from a blockade and raced at them, a media report said on Friday quoting a Canadian forces spokesperson.

The soldiers repeatedly warned the driver to stop before opening fire. They found three large explosives - two 250-kilogrammes and one 100-kilogrammes Russian aircraft bombs when they searched the vehicle, he said.

Roughly six soldiers were on the ground at the time, and others were in vehicles. A second vehicle sped toward the patrol a short time later. Soldiers fired on the second vehicle, wounding the driver, when it failed to heed warning sign, he added.