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Explosions In Kandahar Kill Two Civilians

Local residents stand near the crater formed by one of the explosions in Kandahar on April 26.
Two civilians have been reported killed in two bomb explosions in Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar.

A police official said the explosions were caused by a car bomb and a motorbike packed with explosives. The bombs which struck within minutes of each other appeared to target a police convoy. No one has claimed responsibility for the blasts.

Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban and the hard-line militants still have considerable support there.

U.S. forces have announced plans for a military operation this summer aimed to clear Kandahar of Taliban militants.

The United Nations said after the blasts that the deteriorating security situation forced it to temporarily move some foreign employees to Kabul and tell more than 200 Afghan personnel in the city to stay home.

UN spokesman Dan McNorton however insisted that the organization is not permanently pulling out of the southern Afghan city and remains committed to offering its programs and humanitarian assistance there.

compiled from agency reports