A suicide bomber targeting a joined convoy of US-led coalition forces and Afgan troops killed himself yesterday when he blew up his car in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar, military sources said.
Rahmatullah Raouf, a senior military commander in Kandahar province told said that no one from coalition forces and Afghan troops were injured or killed, adding that the incident occurred early yesterday afternoon in the Maiwand district.
"The suicide bomber blew up his car immaturely before it reached the US-Afghan military convoy," Raoufi said.
"The US and Afghan forces opened fire on the suicide bombers accomplice who was riding a motorbike and killed him on the spot," he added.
"No one from coalition forces and Afghan troopers were injured or killed by the attack," he said.
Meanwhile, a senior officials in the neighboring province of Helmand said that an Afghan National Police officer and six guerilla fighters loyal to the ousted Taliban regime were killed on Friday, after the insurgents attacked a police check post in that province.
"The insurgents attacked the police check post early on Friday afternoon in the Kajki district of Helmand and six of them were killed during the armed clash that followed," Mullah Amir Akhondzada, the deputy governor of the province said.
About 19,000 US and coalition forces continue to hunt the remnants of the Taliban and their allies from the al-Qaeda terrorist network after a US-led invasion at the end of 2001 led to the Taliban's ouster.
The hunt has been concentrated in southern and south-eastern Afghanistan.
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