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Suicide Bomber Kills Child in Afghanistan


A suicide car bomb attack near a convoy of international troops in eastern Afghanistan has killed a child and another civilian.

Officials say a NATO soldier and at least three other civilians were wounded in Saturday's attack outside the city of Khost. They say it was aimed at a convoy of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.

In related news, the Pentagon said Friday the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has transferred a high-level al-Qaida member with close ties to Osama bin Laden to the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A Pentagon spokesman said the detainee, an Afghan national identified as Muhammad Rahim, helped prepare caves in Tora Bora - a mountainous region in Afghanistan used by bin Laden to hide as U.S.-led forces ousted the Taliban in 2001.

The spokesman said Rahim helped bin Laden escape during a U.S. operation to catch the al-Qaida leader. Rahim also attempted to procure chemicals for a plan to attack coalition forces in Afghanistan.

The South Asian news agency ANI reported in August last year that Rahim had been captured in the Pakistani city Lahore.

A memo from CIA director Michael Hayden released Friday confirmed Rahim was captured in mid-2007. Hayden said he was then placed in a CIA interrogation program.

No details have been released about where Rahim was being held before this week or whether he has provided interrogators with any information.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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