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Suicide car bomber attacks coalition convoy injuring one


A suicide attacker in an explosives-laden vehicle rammed his car into a coalition convoy, killing himself and wounding a US soldier in southern Afghanistan, while in a neighboring province, another suicide attacker wounded eight Afghan police, officials said.

A suicide attacker who had strapped explosives to his body detonated himself inside a police post in Trin Kot, the capital of restive Uruzgan Province, killing himself and wounding eight policemen, Interior Ministry spokesman Yousif Stanizai said.

The wounded were taken to a local hospital, he said.

The suicide attack on the US-led military coalition in neighboring Kandahar Province took place about 4km north of Kandahar City, once the main stronghold of the ousted Taliban regime, Stanizai said.

A NATO spokesman at a Kandahar airfield confirmed the attack and said the injured soldier was taken to hospital but couldn't give details about his condition.

In another clash, soldiers from the US-led coalition killed eight "extremists" in a firefight in eastern Afghanistan, a US military statement said.

The eight militants attacked coalition troops on Wednesday in the Asadabad district of restive Kunar Province, the statement said.

"The coalition responded to the attack with small arms, machinegun fire and grenades," it added.

No coalition casualties were reported, the statement said.

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