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Suicide Bomber Kills 8 in Southern Afghanistan

Officials in southern Afghanistan say a suicide bomber has attacked a fleet of fuel tankers intended for international troops, killing at least eight Afghan drivers.

A spokesman for the governor of Helmand province says the attack late Friday in the Girishk district burned at least six tanker trucks and wounded 21 people.

Militants regularly target foreign security forces and have attacked convoys delivering supplies to U.S. and NATO troops in the past.

Elsewhere in Helmand, Britain's Ministry of Defense said a British soldier was killed early Friday in an explosion, while carrying out an operation near the town of Sangin.

NATO says attacks in Afghanistan between January and May were up nearly 60 percent compared to the same time last year.

The commander of U.S. forces in South Asia and the Middle East, General David Petraeus, says the violence will likely increase as international forces attack militant sanctuaries and safe havens.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.