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Four Canadians Injured by Suicide Car Bomber in Afghanistan

Four Canadian soldiers serving in Afghanistan as part of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have been wounded by a suicide car bomber.

A commander of the Canadian troops said Saturday the four soldiers were traveling in southern Kandahar province in a convoy when it was attacked. The four were not seriously hurt.

A number of insurgents were killed in air strikes in northeastern Afghanistan Friday, but NATO officials dispute claims that civilians were among the casualties.

NATO says its troops were operating north of Asadabad in Kunar province Friday when they were attacked by insurgents. The NATO soldiers called in air strikes, which officials say resulted in many casualties among the insurgents.

A civilian in the area told news agencies about 30 civilians had also been killed, but a NATO spokesman, Major John Thomas, said there was no reason to believe there were any civilian casualties.

The coalition in Afghanistan has been criticized for the number of civilian casualties resulting from combat operations against the Taleban and other militants.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.