June 14, 2006

More than 10 dead in Afghan blast, police say

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A powerful explosion
killed more than 10 people and wounded 15 in the southern
Afghan city of Kandahar on Thursday, police said.

The latest incident in a wave of the worst violence in
Afghanistan since the Taliban were ousted in 2001 happened
during the rush hour in the heart of the city.

The target appeared to be a mini-bus carrying laborers
working for U.S.-led military forces, police said.

"It was a big explosion. We don't know if the explosives
were in the mini-bus or not," said a policeman at the scene,
Raaz Mohammad.

"We have seen more than 10 dead people with legs and hands
blown off being brought out of the bus," he said.

More than 900 people have been killed in violence in
Afghanistan this year.