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Bomber attacks foreign military convoy in Afghan: officials

AFP  |  Kandahar 

A suicide attacker driving an explosives-filled vehicle slammed into a convoy of foreign troops in southern today, officials said, with reports of several soldiers wounded.

The claimed the attack which Kandahar provincial governor spokesman Fazal Bari Baryalai told AFP "totally destroyed" one of the vehicles carrying Romanian soldiers in Daman district.

and officials could not confirm reports of casualties but in a WhatsApp message to journalists spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said "seven invading forces" were killed.

The militants routinely exaggerate battlefield claims.

Provincial police chief General Abdul Raziq told AFP the scene had been cordoned off by foreign forces.

The Taliban's latest assault follows the militant group's pledge to turn into a "graveyard" for foreign forces after US President Donald Trump's announcement to keep American boots on the ground indefinitely.

Earlier this month two suicide bombers launched separate attacks around Bagram Airfield, America's largest base in the country, that wounded several US soldiers and civilians.

One of those attacks was in direct response to a US leaflet drop in the northern province of Parwan, where Bagram is located, that offended many Muslims in the deeply religious country.

The leaflet depicted a lion chasing a white dog -- the same colour as the Taliban's flag -- with the Islamic statement of faith -- "There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is the messenger of Allah" -- superimposed on its body.

Dogs are seen as unclean creatures by some Muslims and the association of Islam with a canine angered many people and sparked protests.

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First Published: Fri, September 15 2017. 18:13 IST