New Afghan Bombing Kills 37

Target was a NATO convoy
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2008 7:16 AM CST
New Afghan Bombing Kills 37
Afghan police survey the debris from a massive suicide attack that killed at least 80 people and wounded dozens more outside of Kandahar City, Afghanistan on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008. Today, a second attack killed 35 and wounded 20 more. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, A.R.Khan)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Terrorists targeting a Canadian NATO convoy today in southern Afghanistan killed at least 37 when they detonated a massive car bomb in a crowded marketplace, the Guardian reports. At least 30 more were wounded, including three soldiers. Like yesterday’s bombing, which claimed 100 lives and was the deadliest since the fall of the Taliban, the blast hit Kandahar province, near the Pakistani border.

Dozens of funerals were taking place around Kandahar today after yesterday's attack on a crowd watching a dogfight, in which many police officers and members of an anti-Taliban militia were killed. Until now, militants have tried to avoid civilian targets, but these two blasts may be a bloody signal that that strategy has shifted, the AP reports. A British soldier was also killed in a separate blast today. (Read more Afghanistan stories.)

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