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3 Afghans killed as suicide bomber strikes military convoy

A suicide car bomber hit a convoy of international soldiers in Kabul on Thursday, killing three Afghans caught in the blast, police said.

A suicide car bomber hit a convoy of international soldiers in Kabul on Thursday, killing three Afghans caught in the blast, police said.

Meanwhile, a clash in the western province of Farah appears to have killed more than two dozen Taliban fighters, a police officer and two Afghan soldiers, an official said.

The attack in Kabul targeted two armored SUVs, causing minor damage to the vehicles. None of the soldiers inside the vehicles was wounded or killed, said Lt. Col. David Johnson, a spokesman for the NATO coalition serving in Afghanistan.

He did not immediately know the nationalities of the troops.

About 2,500 Canadians serve in Afghanistan, but are primarily based in the southern Kandahar province, not in Kabul, which is in the east.

The blast killed three Afghans and wounded four, said Mohammad Aslam, a police officer at the scene.

He did not specifiy if they were civilians, but small shops line the road, and pedestrians frequently walk alongside the busy route.

An Afghan father wailed after the bombing, saying a child of his was killed in the blast. Children's shoes lay in the road after the bombing.

The attack took place on a road leading to several military bases that is frequently targeted by bombers.

Militants have increased their use of suicide attacks the last two years. They typically target Afghan and international police and soldiers, but Afghan civilians are often killed and wounded as well.

In the violence in Farah, militant fighters clashed with Afghan police and soldiers in the Bala Baluk district. NATO forces were called in for support, launching an attack by air.

About 30 Taliban fighters, along with a police officer and two Afghan soldiers appear to have been killed, said Nabi Popal, the deputy provincial police chief. Afghan fighters surrounded the militants in the Bala Baluk

Popal's information could not immediately be verified.

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