The same day, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in downtown Kabul, wounding three NATO soldiers and three civilians.
The bomber blew himself up near a military convoy on a busy road in the east of the capital that is frequently used by international troops.
About 140 foreign troops have been killed in violence or accidents during operations in Afghanistan this year, most of them Americans, Canadians, and Britons.
(AP, AFP, Reuters)
OPIUM FARMING ON THE RISE Despite a nationwide program by the Afghan government to eradicate opium-poppy fields and offer farmers alternative crops, international experts say that the 2006 opium crop will be as much as 40 percent larger than the previous year's. Afghanistan is the largest producer of opium in the world, and the source of as much as 90 percent of Europe's heroin.(more)