4 civilians die in suicide car bomb in Afghanistan

The attacker waited in a station-wagon taxi near a bridge between the airport and city that NATO troops regularly check for explosives, said Inhamullah Khan, an Afghan army official at the bombing site.

The assailant detonated the bomb as the convoy crossed the bridge in the morning, tossing a military vehicle into the ravine below, Khan said. Khan did not have information on NATO casualties. NATO spokesman Maj. Marcin Walczak of the Polish Army said the international military coalition was aware of the incident but did not yet have any details on casualties.

The Interior Ministry confirmed four civilian deaths in a statement. Three of the civilians who died were in a car that had pulled over nearby to wait for the convoy to pass, Khan said. Kandahar city, the capital of the province of the same name, is east of Helmand province, where thousands of US, NATO and Afghan troops are conducting a two-week old offensive to wrest control of the town of Marjah.

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