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4 French soldiers, as many civilians injured in Kapisa blast

4 French soldiers, as many civilians injured in Kapisa blast

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Mar 30, 2011 - 18:40

MAHMOOD RAQI (PANinfo-icon): A suicide bomber in a car ploughed his explosives-laden vehicle into a convoy of French soldiers in central Kapisa province on Wednesday, leaving four soldiers and as many Afghan civilians injured, an official said.

The suicide attack took place in Tagab district at about 2:30pm, the district police chief, Badshah Gul Bakhtyar, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He denied injuries to civilians in the blast, saying only four French soldiers were injured.

But a local, Mohammadullah, said the blast wounded four civilians. Foreign soldiers cordoned off the road that connects Alasai and Tagab district and did not allow traffic on the road after the blast, the resident said.

The NATOinfo-icon-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) media office in the region, in a statement said it was a hand grenade attack, not a suicide car blast.

It confirmed some French soldiers and four civilians were wounded in the attack, but did provide figures how many soldiers were wounded.

A Talibaninfo-icon spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, asserted responsibility for the attack, saying 13 French soldiers were killed and four civilians slightly injured.

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