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Suicide bomber kills six at US and NATO air field in Afghanistan

It was the second suicide bombing in as many days in southern Afghanistan, which is the birthplace of the Taliban insurgency.

Kandahar Air Field (File)
Kandahar Air Field (File)
Image: DAVID GUTTENFELDER/AP/Press Association Images

A SUICIDE ATTACKER blew himself up at an entrance to a sprawling base for US and NATO operations in southern Afghanistan, killing at least six civilians, police said.

It was the second suicide bombing in as many days in southern Afghanistan, which is the birthplace of the Taliban insurgency.

“He arrived on foot and tried to get near the gate of Kandahar Air Field and then he blew himself up,” said Abdul Razaq, police chief in Kandahar province.

The incident was confirmed by General Mohammad Hameed, head of the Afghan National Army in the province, who said other civilians were wounded in the blast.

On Wednesday, dozens of civilians, coalition troops and Afghan security forces were killed and wounded when a suicide attacker blew himself up in a bazaar in neighboring Helmand province.

Daud Ahmadi, a provincial spokesman, said a bomber on a motorcycle killed at least 12 Afghans, including two policeman, and wounded at least 23 other people in Kajaki district.

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