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Mayor of Kandahar targeted in bomb blast

A ROADSIDE bomb hit a convoy carrying the mayor of a key city in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing a passer-by, while clashes and bombings around the rest of the country killed 13 others, officials said.

The mayor of Kandahar survived the blast, which killed a civilian and wounded two others, said Najibullah Khan, a police spokesman.

Meanwhile, a suicide bomber on foot in the capital of Kabul killed two Afghan civilians yesterday, said Lieutenant General Abdul Rahman Rahman, Kabul's police chief.

The bomber ?? who had been targeting a NATO patrol ?? also wounded 14 other civilians, the Interior Ministry said.

Separately, United States and Afghan special forces conducted a raid in Kandahar's Maywand district, targeting a network supporting foreign fighters in the area. Five militants were killed.

In eastern Afghanistan, a French soldier and five Afghan troops were killed during a clash with militants in Kapisa province, officials said.

Commander Christophe Prazuck, spokesman for France's Defense Ministry, said Saturday's operation involved air support from Predator drones and other allied aircraft, and that dozens of militants "were hit hard."

France has 3,300 troops fighting in NATO- and US-led operations in Afghanistan.

Rahmatullah Safi, Kapisa's deputy governor, said five Afghan soldiers were also killed in the operation.


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