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Explosions Rock Southern Afghan City, Killing Nine

An Afghan military convoy travels along the main road of the city of Kandahar on October 5.
Two explosions have rocked Kandahar, the second night of deadly explosions in the southern Afghan city.

Officials said nine people were killed and more than 20 wounded by a car bomb and a second, smaller blast.

Afghan police were among those wounded.

On October 4, three explosions killed four Afghan police officers in Kandahar and a former district chief, Habibullah Aghonzada, was gunned down by assailants as he prayed at a packed mosque.

Control of Kandahar, the Taliban movement's birthplace, is seen as a key to the Afghan conflict.

Afghan and NATO forces are engaged in a major operation to push militants out of strongholds there.

compiled from agency reports