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Suicide bomber kills seven near Afghan airport

By the CNN Wire Staff
January 19, 2012 -- Updated 1228 GMT (2028 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: At least eight people are injured, the local governor's office says
  • The Taliban claim responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted foreigners
  • No coalition soldiers are killed in the attack, international alliance says
  • Thirteen people die in another suicide bombing in Helmand a day earlier

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A suicide bomber in a car blew himself up in front of an airport in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing at least seven civilians, police said.

The fatalities in the blast at the Kandahar International Airport included two children, with at least eight people injured, the local governor's office said.

A Taliban spokesman said the militant group is responsible for the attack and was targeting a convoy of foreigners nearby.

Casualties included foreigners, according to Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, the spokesman.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force said the attack hit an entry check point, but foreign troops are not among the casualties.

The attack is the latest in Afghanistan this week, including a suicide bombing that killed 13 people in Helmand province Wednesday.

The attack occurred after a motorcyclist sped up to a group of people, wounding 22 others in addition to the fatalities, the Helmand governor said.

CNN's Masoud Popalzai contributed to this report.

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