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Six die in Afghan suicide attack


Three Afghan civilians and three foreign troops have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack north of the capital, Kabul, officials say.

The attack occurred in Kapisa province, where US and French troops are deployed as part of the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf).

The explosive-laden car rammed into a military convoy in Sayat district.

Kapisa is a strategically important province, near Bagram air base and close to the Kabul-Jalalabad highway.

Afghan officials say the district is frequently used by militants as a stopover on their way to carry out attacks in the capital.

"Three Isaf service members were killed and one injured after an improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan this [Tuesday] morning," Isaf said in a statement.

The US military and an Isaf official said separately that the bomb had hit US troops.

Afghan interior ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary said the target of the attack was a convoy of international forces.

"The initial report we have received says three civilians were killed and three wounded," news agency AFP quoted Mr Bashary as saying.

The civilians were passers-by and it was not yet clear who they were, he said.

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