Suicide attack kills 5 men in south Afghanistan

By the Associated Press | January 3, 2012 | 4:11 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a suicide bomber driving a motorcycle has killed four civilians and a police officer in southern Kandahar city.

Gen. Abul Razaq, Kandahar provincial police chief, says Tuesday's attack also wounded 16 people, including three police officers and six children.

Razaq says the bomber detonated his explosives at a police checkpoint.

Kamal Shah, a doctor at Kandahar city's Mirwais Hospital, confirmed the casualty count.

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says one of its service members has been killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan.

A statement said the death occurred on Monday. It gave no further details about the soldier's nationality.

A total of 544 NATO troops died in Afghanistan in 2011, the tenth year of the war. The total was considerably lower than for 2010, when more than 700 troops died.

About 840 Afghan soldiers and policemen died in 2011.