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Suicide Bombing in Afghanistan Kills 18

September 26, 2006

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (AP) _ A suicide bomber struck outside the compound of a southern Afghan provincial governor on Tuesday, killing 18 people and wounding 17, officials said.

The attacker was stopped by Afghan soldiers at the compound’s first security gate, where he detonated his explosive vest, said Ghulam Muhiddin, spokesman for the Helmand provincial governor.

Twelve civilians and six police were killed, Muhiddin said. Seventeen people were wounded, seven seriously, he said.

The governor, Mohammed Daoud Safi, was inside the compound and was not injured in the attack.

Also Tuesday, a bomb attack on a NATO patrol south of the Afghan capital killed one Italian soldier and wounded seven other people, including five civilians, officials said.

A remotely controlled explosive device was planted under a bridge and detonated when the military convoy passed by, said Ali Shah Paktiawal, Kabul police criminal director.

One Italian soldier was killed and two wounded in the blast, said Mohammed Doud Nadim, the local police chief.