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Bomb Blasts Kill 5 Civilians, 1 NATO Soldier in Afghanistan


A view showing the scene of a bomb blast in Helmand province, August 27, 2011

A view showing the scene of a bomb blast in Helmand province, August 27, 2011

Afghan officials say at least five people were killed Saturday and more than 40 wounded in three bomb blasts in southern Afghanistan.

In the first incident a car bomb went off as soldiers and police officers were lined up to collect their salaries at the bank in Lashkar Gah, the capital of volatile Helmand province. Four people were killed and more than 20 wounded, including 10 soldiers and at least four police officers.

Hours later, two blasts in neighboring Kandahar province killed at least one person and wounded more than 20 others.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Also Saturday, NATO said one of its service members died following a bomb attack in southern Afghanistan.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, U.S. General John Allen, condemned the terrorist attacks in Helmand and Kandahar. Allen said that "this is another example of the insurgents having no regard for the Afghan people."

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

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