An Afghan fireman clears blood and debris as Nato soldiers stand at the site of an attack in Helmand province yesterday.
KANDAHAR: A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a convoy of foreign troops in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing four civilians, officials said, adding there were no confirmed military casualties. About 15 onlookers were also injured in the attack on Nato-led forces travelling on a main road near the police headquarters in Lashkar Gah, capital of the volatile province of Helmand.
Provincial spokesman Omar Zuwak confirmed the casualties and was unable to give details. International Security Assistance Force did not provide any information. No group immediately claimed responsibility.
In Farah province, four drivers were killed and 40 trucks burned when a rocket was fired at a parking lot. The provincial spokesman blamed the Taliban.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) temporarily suspended operations after Taliban killed five staff in Herat province on Monday.
In a statement, the committee expressed sadness over the deaths of five employees, pointing out that the men, all Afghan, were dedicated aid workers, committed to improving the quality of life for the people of Afghanistan.
The IRC said it had no further information about the incident or any motivation behind the killings. The staff worked in Gulran District in support of Afghanistan’s National Solidarity Programme, which helps rural communities carry out critical development projects, like improving irrigation and water supply and running literacy and vocational training programmes.
The IRC has been working in Afghanistan since 1988, delivering humanitarian aid and development assistance to people.
An explosion rocked a base shared by Polish and Afghan forces in a restive eastern province and gun battle continued. The Taliban claimed responsibility. Smoke was rising from the base in Ghazni and Nato helicopters were hovering above. At least five people were hurt. Agencies