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8 CIA men, 4 Canadian troops killed in blasts.

Eight US CIA employees were killed in a suicide attack inside a US military base in southeastern Khost province on Wednesday, and a separate bomb blast killed four Canadian soldiers and a journalist in Dand district of southern Kandahar province. Both the incident happened late Wednesday. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told a foreign news agency that a 'well-dressed' Afghan army official detonated a suicide vest at a meeting of CIA officials in the province.

In his email he wrote that the deadly attack was carried out by a valorous Afghan army member when the officials were busy gaining information about the mujahideen in the fitness club. The attack highlighted the Taliban's reach and coordination at a time when violence has reached its highest levels since the overthrow of the Taliban regime by US-backed Afghan forces in 2001.

It was also the second Afghan army killing in as many days on the foreign troops and officials who are meant to be mentoring them, casting a shadow over plans to bolster the Afghan army and police to allow their troops to eventually bring them home. Residents said they heard a huge blast inside the base. They informed that a number of helicopters hovered over the area soon after the explosion.

US officials in Washington late Wednesday confirmed that eight CIA officials were killed in the blast. In Kandahar, four Canadian soldiers were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Dand district.

A local official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the blast killed three Canadian soldiers and wounded five others. International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) ISAF soldiers in Kabul confirmed the killing of four soldiers and a Canadian national in the attack. However, ISAF troops did not release nationalities of the slain soldiers. Canadian soldiers based in Kandahar, the birthplace of Taliban movement, said their soldiers were killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) attack. The fatalities brought the death toll of Canadian forces to 138 since the US invasion in 2001.

Qari Yousuf Ahmadi claimed their fighters killed seven Canadians in Qasam Pul area of the volatile district. ISAF in a statement said the soldiers served in Canadian troops stationed in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar, and the civilian killed in the blast was a Canadian journalist covering health related issues.

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Publication:Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul, Afghanistan)
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Date:Jan 11, 2010
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