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Bomb attacks kill three in southern Afghanistan


A suicide bomber in a car struck a NATO-Afghan military convoy yesterday, killing one civilian and wounding two others, a day after a bomb at a market left 21 civilians dead and 43 wounded, officials said.

A remote controlled bomb in Helmand Province also killed two police on patrol yesterday, an official said.

Yesterday's suicide bomber hit the military convoy on the main road linking Kandahar with the city's airport, said Colonel Sher Shah, who was in the convoy. No NATO soldiers were wounded.

A civilian driving near the convoy died in the blast, while another civilian and an Afghan soldier were wounded, Shah said. The bodies of the civilian and the bomber laid on the road.

The Taliban have increased suicide attacks this year, borrowing tactics from militants in Iraq. The escalation in the Taliban insurgency has stoked bitter fighting.

A remote-controlled bomb hit a police vehicle on patrol in Grieshk district of Helmand Province killing two officers, said Ghulam Muhiddin, the Helmand governor's spokesman.

He blamed the Taliban.

Another remote-controlled bomb went off in east Kabul shortly after a NATO vehicle patrol drove past, but there were no casualties, said Interior Ministry spokesman Yousef Stanezai.

Meanwhile, Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, who claims to speak for the Taliban, said Monday's attack was conducted with a remote-controlled bomb, and that it targeted a former Lashkar Gah police chief because he had served under the pro-Communist government during the Soviet occupation of the 1980s.

The target and his son were killed.

"We are very sad about the civilian casualties," Ahmadi, whose ties to the Taliban leadership are unclear, said in a telephone call from an undisclosed location. "We only wanted to kill this former police chief."

Official sources, however, have listed Monday's attack as a suicide bomb attack.

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