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3 NATO troops, civilian killed in blast in Afghanistan

KABUL (AP) - Three U.S. troops and one Afghan civilian have been
killed in a suicide bombing in eastern Afghanistan.
A NATO spokesman says the bomber rammed into a military vehicle
today, but did not provide further details.
Provincial officials say a suicide bomber in a Toyota Corolla
smashed into the military convoy.
An Interior Ministry investigator near the site confirmed one
dead civilian and said five others were wounded.
Witnesses says the car had clearly targeted the convoy.
Roadside and suicide bombings have spiked in Afghanistan in
recent months. Such attacks were up 25 percent the first four
months of 2009 compared with the same period last year. U.S.
military officials have predicted that bomb attacks will rise 50
percent this year to 5,700 - up from 3,800 last year.


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