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5 Afghan civilians injured during attacks on Canadian convoys

Two Canadian military convoys were attacked on Thursday in separate incidents in southern Afghanistan.

Two Canadian military convoys were attacked on Thursday in separate incidents in southern Afghanistan.

No Canadians soldiers were hurt in the attacks, but five civilians, including three children, were injured, the Canadian Press reported.

Maj. Dale MacEachern, a spokesman for Task Force Afghanistan, said one attack involved a suicide bomber in a vehicle, while the otherinvolved a roadside bomb.

He said the first attack occurred in the Panjwaii area, while the other took place in Kandahar City, both of which are located in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar.

Canada has more than 2,000 soldiers in Afghanistan, with the majority stationed in the south. They are part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, a coalition of 37 countries trying to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan.

Forty-five Canadian soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since Canada first sent troops there in early 2002.

The attacks occurred as NATO launcheda major operation to drive Taliban extremists out of parts of nearby Helmand province in the southwest of the country.

Led by the British, Operation Achilles involvesmore than 4,500 NATO troops and nearly 1,000 Afghan National Security Forces. Canadian troops are also taking part in the operation.

Maj.-Gen. Ton van Loon, commander of the NATO's regional command south, said this week that troopswill sweepnorthern Helmand of Taliban extremists, foreign terrorists and warlords involved in the opium poppy trade.

With files from the Canadian Press