In Afghanistan, a British peacekeeper was killed and several
other people were injured in an apparent suicide bombing in
the capital, Kabul. The attack came just one day after a suicide
bombing claimed the life of a Canadian soldier in the west
of the city.
Officials with the international peacekeeping force say
the attack on a British convoy took place Wednesday morning
near a U.S. peacekeeping base.
"A British patrol vehicle was damaged by a bomb explosion," said
Lieutenant Colonel Hans Breemans, a spokesman for the International
Security Assistance Force, or ISAF. "In that event, one British
ISAF soldier was killed. .We also [have] no reports of any
Afghan civilian or other civilian casualties at that time."
Afghan police say a suicide bomber drove a taxi up to two
peacekeeping vehicles and then detonated the blast.
ISAF officers also say there was a bombing near a German
base, but no fatalities were reported.
The explosion comes one day after a suicide attack on a
Canadian peacekeeping convoy, which killed one soldier and
one Afghan civilian.
Afghanistan suffers from an armed anti-government insurgency,
which is led by remnants of the country's former hard-line
Late last year, the Taleban promised a wave of suicide attacks
against foreigners in Kabul, which had been relatively calm
until Tuesday's attack on the Canadian troops.
Taleban commanders have reportedly claimed responsibility
for that attack, although Lieutenant Colonel Breemans says
it is too early to know for sure who carried out any of the
bombings. "We have no idea. We are investigating the issue,
together with the Kabul community police," he said.
NATO commanders lead the international peacekeeping force,
which is charged with maintaining security in Kabul.
A U.S.-led coalition ousted the Taleban from power in 2001,
because the government harbored leaders from the al-Qaida