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Explosion kills dozens in Afghanistan

world Updated: Feb 17, 2008 22:54 IST
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Explosion kills dozens in Afghanistan

An explosion rocked Kandahar city in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, leaving scores dead and wounded, a government spokesman said. However, a witness said it was a suicide attack and more than 50 people were killed.

"There was an explosion in Kandahar city at 10:00 a.m., that killed dozens and wounded dozens more," Interior Ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary said. "We can't give an exact number, but the number is very high."

A witness in Kandahar said that it was a suicide attack that killed more than 50 people including a former commander.

Bashary could not confirm whether it was a suicide attack or a remote-controlled explosion.

Kandahar province is the birthplace of the Taliban militants, who are still entrenched in the province six years after being ousted from power by a US-led military invasion.