A suicide bomb attack targeting Indian road construction workers and their Afghan police escorts left seven people dead and 12 wounded in southwestern Afghanistan, an official said.
The convoy had been traveling on a main road toward the city of Khash Rod in Nimroz province Thursday when it was first hit by a remote-controlled bomb that was planted on a motorcycle, wounding one policeman, said Nimroz Gov. Ghulam Dastagir Azad. The convoy stopped after the primary explosion, and a suicide bomber set off a secondary attack, leaving six policemen and an Indian worker dead, Azad said. Ten policemen and two Indian workers were wounded.
Insurgency-related violence in the first three days of 2008 has left at least 42 people dead, including those killed in Thursday's suicide attack.
Afghanistan experienced a record level of violence that killed more than 6,500 people in 2007, according to an Associated Press count based on figures from Western and Afghan officials.