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Suicide attack kills Afghan guard Print
April 30, 2007 - KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, April 30 2007

A suicide bomber exploded near a US-owned private security firm's vehicle in southern Afghanistan Monday, killing one local guard and injuring three others, police said.

The attack by a motorcycle-riding bomber just outside the violence-hit Kandahar city was the second suicide bombing targeting the same company -- US Protection and Investigation (USPI)-- this month.

"There was a suicide bombing carried out by a motorcyclist against a USPI vehicle. One Afghan guard was killed and three others were injured," Kandahar police chief, Esmatullah Alizai said.

The attack in the Zhiri district was the latest in a wave of Iraq-style suicide bombing rocking Afghanistan in recent weeks.

On April 15, four Afghan employees were killed when a suicide bomber targeted the USPI vehicle on a road near the Kandahar Air Base, housing thousands of NATO-led troops.

A day later nine Afghan police men were killed when a suicide bomber exploded a bomb strapped to his body in the northeastern city of Kunduz.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

There were no claims for Monday's attack but similar incidents have in the past been either blamed on Taliban or claimed by the rebels.

They have been targeting Afghan and foreign troops but also aid and construction  workers or Afghans working with foreign companies or humanitarian groups.
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