Suicide blast targets NATO convoy in Afghanistan

October 9, 2007 - 0:0

KANDAHAR (AFP) -- A suicide bomber struck near a NATO-led military convoy in southern Afghanistan, injuring two civilians, police said.

The bomber had been trying to target the convoy in Lashkargah, the capital of volatile Helmand province, in the latest attack in a wave of deadly suicide blasts across the war-ravaged country, police said.
""A suicide bomber on foot exploded himself near a NATO convoy. It did not cause any harm to the NATO troops but two men nearby were badly wounded,"" local police chief Mohammad Hussein Andiwal told AFP.
He blamed the attack on remnants of the Taleban who are waging an insurgency after they were removed from government six years ago by a U.S.-led invasion in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
""No doubt it was the work of the Taleban,"" Andiwal said.
NATO, which has nearly 40,000 troops in Afghanistan, was not immediately available for comment.
The Taleban had vowed to step up its deadly attacks during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. A suicide car bomber struck in the capital Kabul on Saturday, killing a foreign soldier and five Afghans.