At least six people were killed and over 38 otherswounded in a suicide car bombing in the Daman district of southern Kandaharprovince of Afghanistan on Sunday, said officials.The spokesman for the governor, Dawa Khan Minapal in a statement said that thecar was detonated in front of the Mandisar Hospital leaving six civilians dead and38 others wounded.He further noted that most of the victims were patients who had come to hospital
for treatment adding that three of the wounded were Afghan National Army (ANA)soldiers. The blast took place when ANA soldiers were distributing aid to residents.The Public Health Director Dr. Abdul Qayyum Pukhla confirmed receiving six bodiesand 38 wounded people including two hospital nurses, seven children and threesoldiers.
The injured were immediately shifted to nearby Kandahar Civil Hospital. TheTaliban rebels claiming the responsibility of the attack said that sixteen foreignerswere killed and one of their tanks destroyed, said local media reports.The attack came at a time when Afghanistan is about to undergo the second roundof the presidential elections to choose a successor to the President Karzai. Themilitants have paced up their activities as NATO/ISAF troops are scheduled to leaveAfghanistan till end of the year.