Suicide car bomb kills five kids in south Afghanistan
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – A suicide car bomber blew himself up next to a police truck bringing a southern Afghan official to work early Monday, killing 5 children nearby, officials said.

The blast struck about 9 a.m. local time near a market area, said Ahmadullah Nazak, the chief of Kandahar province's Dand district.

"I dropped down. Then I heard a second explosion," Ahmadullah Nazak said. "It hit our car, but it didn't injure me." 5 children who were near the site of the blast were killed, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

A bodyguard who was driving with Ahmadullah Nazak was wounded, he said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, though it fits the pattern of Taliban attacks targeting government officials in the south. As additional U.S. forces have poured into southern Taliban strongholds in Kandahar and Helmand provinces, Taliban insurgents have mounted a counter-campaign of bombings and assassinations aimed at those affiliated with the Afghan government.

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