Published: Wed, August 02, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation convoy attacked in southern Afghanistan

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation convoy attacked in southern Afghanistan

An explosion occurred near the airport in Afghanistan's Kandahar city with an unknown number of casualties, police said.

The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission confirmed the suicide attack in a statement, adding that it was gathering information to assess the situation on ground. "The attack did cause casualties", he said.

One of the vehicles was damaged in the blast, the governor's media office said.

The Taliban, who have a heavy presence in poppy-growing Kandahar province and have launched repeated attacks there, quickly claimed the attack by text message to AFP.

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces supported by the US-led coalition are now conducting joint offensive operations to combat terrorism across the country.

Mohammad Azim, a shopkeeper, told AFP: "I saw a foreign forces vehicle on fire after the attack".

A spokesman, Qari Yousaf, in a statement sent to reporters claimed the powerful blast destroyed several military vehicles and killed at least 15 personnel of the "foreign occupation forces", referring to USA -led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces.

On Tuesday two suicide bombers had killed at least 29 and wounded more than 64 people at a Shiite mosque in Herat province of Afghanistan during evening prayers.

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