Suicide bomber launches attack outside Kandahar

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

KABUL (AP) - Afghan police say a suicide bomber has detonated a cache of explosives near Kandahar in an attack targeting a compound providing logistical support to NATO forces.

Kandahar Police Chief Sher Mohammed Zazai says three people were killed when the suicide bomber and other insurgents launched the attack Tuesday night about one mile from Kandahar Air Field. Hospital workers say 35 others were injured.

Kandahar is the site of a planned offensive by Afghan and NATO forces to clear the city of Taliban fighters and break the grip of warlords who have allowed the militants to slip back in. President Barack Obama has ordered 30,000 more troops into Afghanistan, in part to back up the Kandahar offensive, but the Taliban have launched increasingly deadly attacks ahead of the offensive.

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