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Suicide Bomber Strikes in Afghanistan; Tip Leads Soldiers to Weapons

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2006 – A suicide car bomber attacked a coalition convoy this morning in downtown Kandahar City in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, killing four Afghan civilians and wounding 12 others, military officials reported.

Officials said a man driving a sport utility vehicle waited in an alley and pulled out as the convoy passed. The attacker detonated the explosives between two convoy vehicles, killing himself and causing slight damage to the convoy vehicles, but harming 16 Afghans civilians.

Coalition forces and Afghan police responded to the scene of the blast, rendering first aid and evacuating the injured.

"This is another example of how terrorists have absolutely no regard for innocent Afghan lives," said Army Lt. Col. Paul Fitzpatrick, Combined Joint Task Force 76 spokesman.

In other news, an Afghan civilian yesterday led coalition forces to an explosive cache in the Khongyani district of Nangarhar province. The citizen told officials that several people were selling explosives from the compound for use in improvised explosive devices. Upon investigation, coalition forces found 200 kilograms of explosives at the site. Five people in the compound were taken into custody.

"A growing number of Afghans are stepping forward to put an end to the violence and support their government's authority," Fitzpatrick said. "More and more civilians are demonstrating their willingness to turn in IEDs and those extremists who use or build them, helping to keep fellow Afghans safe in their communities."

(Compiled from Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news releases.)

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