The blast, which witnesses say was caused by a suicide car bomber, appeared to target the base of a U.S. security firm.
RFE/RL's correspondent in Kandahar reports that many more were injured in the blast. Most of the victims are said to be Afghan security workers and civilians.
(RFE/RL's Afghan Service, AP, AFP, Reuters)
Afghan President Hamid Karzai being greeted in Tehran in May 2006 (epa)
TEHRAN PLAYS ITS HAND. RFE/RL analyst Amin Tarzi led a discussion on the role Afghanistan may play in the delicate diplomatic game being played by Iran and the United States. Tarzi outlined ways in which Tehran might be flexing its muscle to show Washington that it can destabilize its neighbor.
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