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Suicide attack on NATO convoy, two Afghans wounded

A suicide bomber blows himself up near a NATO convoy in a southern Afghan district where dozens of civilians are said to have been killed in foreign military air strikes.

world Updated: Jul 02, 2007 05:33 IST
AFP
Hindustantimes

A suicide bomber blew himself up on Sunday near a NATO convoy in a southern Afghan district where dozens of civilians were said to have been killed in foreign military air strikes, officials and a witness said.

Two Afghan passers-by were wounded in the bombing in the town of Girishk in Helmand province, local police commander Amanullah told AFP.

Another official said a vehicle of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was on fire but he had no information about military casualties.

"It was a suicide bombing on a NATO convoy. One NATO military vehicle is in flames right now," Girishk mayor Dur Alisha told AFP.
The ISAF media office in Kabul could not immediately confirm the attack.

A witness named Feda Mohammad, contacted by AFP by telephone, also said the vehicle had burst into flames.

"I could see a NATO car in flames. It's burning," Mohammad told AFP.

A major investigation is underway in the district into an ISAF and US-led coalition bombing raid of a village in Girishk district late Friday.

Alisha has said that 65 civilians and 35 Taliban were killed but these figures have not been confirmed by other officials, although locals also said scores were killed.

ISAF and the coalition have acknowledged some civilian casualties.