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Suicide Bomber Kills Three In Afghanistan

Suicide bomber kills three in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber has detonated explosives strapped to his body near an Afghan military convoy in southern Afghanistan, killing two soldiers and a child, police said.

The attack in the Taliban-troubled southern province of Helmand comes days after a suicide car bomb targeting the Indian embassy in Kabul killed more than 40 people including two Indian envoys.

"A suicide bomber on foot blew himself up near a joint convoy of police and army. Two soldiers and a six-year-old boy were killed," provincial police chief Mohammad Hussein Andiwal said.

Four other people including a police officer were wounded in the blast in the province's restive Marja district, the police commander said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but similar acts have been blamed on the Taliban militant group which has led an insurgency since being ousted from power in 2001.

The Islamic militants have stepped up their attacks in the past two years particularly using suicide blasts.

The bombing at the Indian embassy in the capital was the deadliest of its kind since the fall of the hardline Taliban regime.

The Taliban have denied a role in the attack and authorities have blamed "foreign intelligence", a reference to Pakistan's spy agency.

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