April 15th, 2010
02:52 PM ET

At least 16 hurt in Kandahar bombing

A suicide car bombing in the Afghan city of Kandahar wounded at least 16 people, including some Westerners, local officials reported Thursday.

The blast occurred near the Afghan National Army headquarters in the city, the spritual home of the anti-government Taliban militia. All but three of the victims were civilians, said Zalmai Ayoubi, a spokesman for the Kandahar government.

The blast occurred about 9:15 p.m. (12:45 p.m. ET). No further details were immediately available.

The blast was the second of the day in Kandahar. A car loaded with explosives blew up Thursday afternoon, leaving four people with minor injuries, Ayoubi said.

Kandahar is Afghanistan's second-largest city, with nearly 1 million people. The United States and its NATO allies have announced plans for a new offensive in Kandahar aimed at driving out the Taliban, the Islamic militia that once ruled most of Afghanistan. But Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said the push would start only when the plans have the support of the local population.

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