5 Afghan Children Among 9 Killed Kandahar Blasts

President Hamid Karzai condemned the “enemies of Afghanistan” on Wednesday after a series of roadside bombs in southern Kandahar city killed nine people, including five children, as insurgents fight back against intensified NATO-led operations.

Bombs targeting a police vehicle ripped through an intersection Tuesday night, the Interior Ministry said, killing nine and injuring 30, including many police. The attack occurred a day after four officers died in coordinated bombings also aimed at police.

Control of Kandahar, the Taliban movement’s birthplace, is seen as key to reversing Taliban momentum in the war. Afghan and NATO forces are engaged in a major operation to improve security in and around Kandahar to keep insurgents from staging attacks inside the city.

However, Taliban militants are fighting back hard against U.S. and Afghan forces as they push into areas long held by insurgents.(http://abcnews.go.com)


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