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Suicide Bomber Wounds Five Canadian Soldiers in Southern Afghanistan


An attack by a suicide bomber has wounded five Canadian soldiers, one of them seriously, outside the southern Afghan city of Kandahar.

Police say the bomber attacked a Canadian convoy Friday in Daman district, about 15 kilometers south of Kandahar. The blast site is about 10 kilometers from the airport where Canadian troops are based.

An Afghan general says the bomber, who died in the attack, was wearing a vest with the name of the outlawed Pakistani militant group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

A purported spokesman for the ousted Taleban government has claimed responsibility.

In a separate attack in Helmand province Friday, gunmen on a motorcycle killed the chief of Sangin district. Authorities suspect Taleban guerrillas in the killing which happened a short time after a clash between police and Taleban fighters that left eight guerrillas dead and four police officers wounded.

Also Friday, a roadside bomb explosion in Maiwand district killed a policeman and wounded two people. Officials also suspect Taleban fighters in that attack.

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