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