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Taliban Claims Suicide Blast In Southern Afghanistan

7 September 2005 -- A provincial official says an explosives-packed car blew up today in Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province, causing casualties.

Provincial spokesman Mohammad Wali said the car was driven by suicide bombers.

It was not immediately clear how many suspected suicide bombers were inside the car. Several passers by were reported
injured when the explosives went off prematurely.

Abdul Latif-Hakimi, a purported Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack on behalf of the group. He said it targeted a U.S. military convoy and that two U.S. military vehicles were destroyed.

Cindy Moore, a spokeswoman for the U.S.-led coalition forces, confirmed the incident but said no coalition soldiers were injured and no damage was done to their equipment.


See also:

"Afghan Insurgents Step Up Attacks In South"

"UN Envoy Warns Violence Could Disrupt Afghan Polls"

For RFE/RL's full coverage of the 18 September elections in Afghanistan, see "Afghanistan Votes"