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Suicide car bomber kills 35 in Afghanistan

A suicide car bomber killed 35 civilians in an attack targeting Canadian troops in the Afghan border town of Spin Boldak yesterday, a provincial governor said.
It was the second major suicide attack in two days after a blast Sunday in the city of Kandahar, less than 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Spin Boldak, killed more than 100 people in the deadliest such attack in Afghanistan.
"The suicide attacker detonated near a Canadian military convoy," Kandahar province governor Asadullah Khalid said.
"In the attack 35 civilians were killed, 27 civilians were wounded and also three Canadian troops were wounded," he said.
The Canadian military could not immediately confirm its involvement. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, under which the Canadian soldiers serve, also could not say if its troops were targeted.
The governor said the blast had set some shops alight.
Kandahar was on Monday mourning those killed in Sunday's suicide attack, which tore through a crowd of hundreds of men watching a dog-fighting match.
It was the deadliest suicide attack in Afghanistan which is battling a fierce insurgency by Taliban extremists who were in government between 1996 and 2001.
The Taliban however denied it was involved. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Spin Boldak blast.