Massive blasts rock Kandahar at least 41 dead, 56 wounded
Khandahr, Afghanistan's largest southern city, was rocked by five car bombs on Tuesday. The bombs were detonated simultaneously.
The blast destroyed a construction company office and several nearby buildings. At least 41 people were killed and 56 wounded.
Officials said that the blast was targeted at a Japanese Construction Company, which employs mostly Pakistani engineers.
One eyewitness described the blast as the largest he had ever seen after eight years of living in Khandahar.
Five car bombs that detonated simultaneously rocked Afghanistan's largest southern city Tuesday, destroying a construction company office and damaging dozens of nearby buildings, officials said. At least 30 people died in the blast and 56 were wounded.
The force of the explosion shattered windows around the city and sent flames shooting into the sky.
Afghan officials said the blast appeared to target a Japanese construction company that mostly employs Pakistani engineers. The blast collapsed the company headquarters and destroyed part of a nearby wedding hall.
One witness described the blast as the largest heard after almost eight years of living in Kandahar, the site of several large Taliban attacks in recent years.
The explosion killed at least 30 people and wounded 56, the governor's office said in a statement.
In other violence today, four US troops were killed in a bomb blast in Southern Afghanistan. This brings the total to 41 US troops killed this month. Last month was the deadliest so far at 43.
In other violence, a bomb blast killed four U.S. troops in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, said military spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Christine Sidenstricker. No other information was released pending the notification of family members.
The deaths bring to 41 the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan this month, the second deadliest month in the country since the 2001 U.S. invasion. Last month a record 44 U.S. troops died.
This year has been the deadliest of the war for U.S. troops. Including the latest deaths, at least 172 American forces have died in the Afghan war this year, according to an Associated Press count.
The number of overall NATO deaths this year is a record as well: at least 292. Last year 286 died, according to the AP count.
The U.S. has more than 60,000 troops in the country.
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