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July 16, 2006 -- A roadside bomb blast killed six Afghan soldiers and wounded three more today in western Herat Province.
An Afghan army commander, Abdul Wahab Walizada, said the explosion targeted a joint Afghan-coalition patrol in Herat's Shindand district, destroying one vehicle.
The patrol was taking part in Operation Mountain Thrust, a U.S.-led offensive targeting Taliban militants across southern Afghanistan.\Meanwhile, a suicide attacker killed four civilians and wounded 23 today by detonating a bomb in a busy street outside a government building in southeastern
An Interior Ministry spokesman said the attack took place in Gardez, capital of Paktya Province, at an office that handles border affairs. Eight of the wounded are in serious condition.
In Khost Province, militants dressed as women have killed two Afghan men and wounded another in a drive-by shooting.
The U.S. military said today that the attack on July 15was carried out by men wearing burquas -- the all-covering veil traditionally worn by Afghan women.
The motive for the attack was unclear. It came on a day when more than 40 insurgents were killed in clashes with U.S. forces.