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Herat suicide blast kills six ISAF soldiers.

Byline: Ahmad Qureshi

Herat suicide blast kills six ISAF soldiers

Ahmad Qureshi - Nov 9, 2008 - 20:11

HERAT CITY (PAN): Over six soldiers of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed when a bomber detonated his explosive belt near a convoy of the forces in the western Herat province, security officials confirmed.

Col. Abdul Rauf Ahmadi spokesman of the western police zone said on Sunday the suicide blast on joint the ISAF and Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers on main Shindand road took place at approximately 12:00pm.

The foreign soldiers and civilians had suffered casualties in the bomb explosion, he explained, exact toll of the victims was yet to be ascertained.

However, a local police official who witnessed the blast and wished not to be named said over six ISAF soldiers were killed in the blast.

A source from the media centre of ISAF soldiers in Kabul, has confirmed their soldiers suffered casualties in the explosion, but would not know exact toll of dead and wounded soldiers.

Taliban fighters immediately claimed responsibility for the suicide explosion.

Over the telephone with this news agency, Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the attack was carried out by one of their fighters, he named as Mullah Habibullah, who was a resident of the Herat province.

All soldiers onboard in one of the military Tanks were killed and the vehicle destroyed in the detonation.

A similar suicide blast was thwarted when the local police captured another suicide attacker in Adraskan district of the same province, the police spokesman blamed, the suicide attacker was a Pakistani national.

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