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Motorcycle bomb explodes in southern Afghan market

An Afghan official says a bomb has exploded in a vegetable market in southern Afghanistan, killing eight people.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded in a vegetable market in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday evening, killing eight people at dusk as residents broke their daily fast for the holy month of Ramadan, authorities said.

The motorcycle was parked at the market in the Dihrawud district of Uruzgan province, said provincial council director Amanullah Otaq. He said eight people were killed and dozens wounded.

Uruzgan provincial spokesman Hamid Milad Mudasir confirmed the attack, but said he could not confirm how many people were killed because family members had taken many of the bodies away immediately after the attack.

The blast was the latest in a series of attacks in the turbulent south, where the Taliban are pushing back against a concerted campaign from U.S. and NATO troops to quell the insurgency.

In neighboring Kandahar province, a gunman killed a woman who works for the Afghan government as she was on her way to work in Kandahar city. The assailant shot Rabia Sadat twice as she was getting into a car outside her home Tuesday morning, said her father, Sayed Hussein Sadat.

Sadat worked for the province's work and social affairs department, said Zalmai Ayubi, a spokesman for Kandahar's provincial government.

Ayubi said it was not clear why Sadat was killed, and her father said he did not know of any threats against his daughter. Insurgents regularly target government workers or women who attend school or work in offices.

Also Tuesday, NATO said that one of its cargo planes collided with a surveillance drone in eastern Afghanistan a day earlier. The C-130 plane made an emergency landing at a nearby base but was only lightly damaged and no one aboard was injured, said Italian army Capt. Pietro D'Angelo, a spokesman for NATO forces in Afghanistan.

The drone, an RQ-7 Shadow, went down and has not been located yet, he said. Pietro said they were searching for the craft, which was not carrying weapons when it collided with the plane.


Associated Press writer Rahim Faiez contributed to this report from Kabul.