Kandahar, June 6 (AP): Three suicide attackers blew themselves up in the largest city in southern Afghanistan today, killing 22 people and wounding at least 50 others in Kandahar.
In the east, Afghan officials and residents said a pre-dawn Nato airstrike targeting Taliban militants killed civilians celebrating a wedding, including women and children, although a Nato spokesperson denied this.
Also in the east, Nato said two service members were killed in a helicopter crash. The coalition did not disclose any other information about the crash, but a senior US defence official at the Pentagon said two American pilots were killed in Ghazni crash.
Taliban spokespersoon Qari Yousef Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the attack.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack, saying it proved the “enemy is getting weaker because they are killing innocent people”.
The explosion occurred about five kilometers from the main gate of the military installation run by the US-led coalition and 500 meters from an Afghan military base.
One suicide bomber detonated a three-wheeled motorbike filled with explosives first, said Rahmatullah Atrafi, deputy police chief in Kandahar province. Then, as people rushed to assist the casualties, two other suicide bombers on foot walked up to the site and blew themselves up, he said.