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Suicide attack targeting Afghan troops kills 2 in South

By Xinhua,

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan : A suicide bomber Sunday exploded himself near one vehicle of Afghan National Army (ANA), killing one soldier and another civilian nearby in Nimruz province of southern Afghanistan, said an Afghan official.

Mohammad Hashem Noorzai, chief of Khash Rod district in Nimruz province, told Xinhua that the incident occurred at around 6:30 p.m. (1400 GMT) when a suicide attacker with explosives strapped to his body blew himself up as walking close to the vehicle of ANA.

“Two people, one soldier and another civilian, were killed on the spot,” Noorzai said. “Two more civilians were also wounded in the blast.”

No group or individuals have yet to claim responsibility while Taliban militants, keeping mounting pressure on the Afghan government and international troops, have frequently carried out such attacks, particularly in the shape of suicide and roadside bombings.

Conflicts and Taliban-linked insurgency left over 5,000 people, with some 2,000 civilians dead, in 2008 while the violence is predicted to go up in 2009 in the post-Taliban central Asian state.