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Attack Kills Bomber, Slightly Injures Afghan Soldier

American Forces Press Service

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, April 1, 2006 – A suicide car bomber attacked a combined Afghan and coalition convoy in the Maiwand district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province around noon today, slightly injuring one Afghan soldier and flattening a truck tire, military officials reported.

Preliminary coalition reports indicate the attack caused no civilian injuries or deaths. The attacker was killed when the car he was driving exploded near the convoy.

"The cooperation between Afghan authorities and the coalition across southern Afghanistan will not be disrupted or broken by these acts of senseless violence," said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. David Fraser, commander of the coalition's Task Force Aegis. This attack, like many other recent suicide bomber attacks, ended in failure, the general noted.

"Such attacks will not deter the coalition and its Afghan partners from improving the security situation in southern Afghanistan," he continued. "They only prove our enemy's disregard for innocent Afghan civilians."

(From a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)

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