Face covered Taliban militants pose before they execute two Afghan women in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, on Saturday, July 12, 2008. Taliban fighters told Associated Press Television News that the two were executed for allegedly running a prostitution ring catering to U.S. soldiers and other foreign contractors at a U.S. base in Ghazni city. (AP Photo/Rahmatullah Naikzad)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - A Taliban spokesman is denying responsibility for a bombing that killed dozens of people in southern Afghanistan's largest city.
In a text message to The Associated Press, the militant group writes it condemns the "attack in which innocent civilians were killed." Yesterday's explosion ripped through a central area of Kandahar city killing at least 43 people and wounded 65 more. Rescue workers are still pulling the injured out today.
The Interior Ministry says the blast was from remote-controlled explosives planted in a truck.
Local officials have said a cluster of vehicle bombs detonated nearly simultaneously near a Japanese construction firm that is involved in reconstruction efforts in the southern Afghan city. The company recently took over a contract to build a road that insurgents had stalled for several months.