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Truck Bomb Targeting Afghan Police Chief Kills Four

Reports from southern Afghan city of Kandahar say a “massive” truck bomb has killed four civilians and slightly wounded the provincial police chief.

Kandahar provincial spokesman Jawed Faisal said the truck bomb was detonated by a suicide attacker as General Abdul Raziq's vehicle passed through a neighborhood in Kandahar City late on August 27.

Faisal said Raziq survived the bombing with minor injuries.

He said 20 other people, mostly civilians, were wounded in the blast.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, but Taliban insurgents regularly target Afghan government officials.

In another development, NATO says one of its helicopters crash-landed in southeastern Afghanistan but that no one was injured.

ISAF said the helicopter made a "hard landing" in eastern Logar Province on August 27. It said there were no initial reports of insurgent activity nearby.

Taliban militants claimed in a statement that its fighters had shot down the helicopter and killed all those aboard.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP