August 17, 2006 -- An Afghan official says 15 Afghan medical workers were kidnapped today in the country's southern Kandahar Province.
Refugee department official Agha Jan Nazari says that the team, mainly doctors and nurses, were traveling by bus to a refugee camp in Kandahar's Zairai district when unidentified men hijacked the vehicle.
Also in Kandahar Province, the Afghan Interior Ministry says a suspected suicide bomber attacked a NATO-led ISAF convoy today. An AP reporter on the scene said a U.S. solider was wounded.
Elsewhere in southern Afghanistan, a suicide bomber targeted a NATO patrol in Tirin Kot district of southern Oruzgan Province today, killing himself, a civilian, and wounding at least six others.
Oruzgan police chief Mohammad Qasim said that police were chasing the bomber when he detonated his explosives.
(AFP, AP, Reuters)
A U.S. military vehicle damaged by insurgents near Kandahar (epa)
HOMEGROWN OR IMPORTED? As attacks against Afghan and international forces continue relentlessly, RFE/RL hosted a briefing to discuss the nature of the Afghan insurgency. The discussion featured Marvin Weinbaum, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and RFE/RL Afghanistan analyst Amin Tarzi.
Listen to the entire briefing (about 83 minutes):Real Audio Windows Media
RFE/RL's coverage of Afghanistan
For weekly news and analysis on Afghanistan by e-mail, subscribe to "RFE/RL Afghanistan Report."