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|Kabul suicide bomber kills five
||Kabul suicide bomber kills five
(30 minutes later)
A suicide bomber has killed five people, including two British soldiers, on a main road in Kabul, an Afghan police official has said.
The suspected bomber was among those killed in the powerful blast on the Jalalabad Road on Monday morning.
The bomber drove his four-wheel drive vehicle into a convoy of foreign soldiers, the police said.
There have been several suicide bombings in Afghanistan this year, but they are relatively rare in Kabul.
Senior police official Ali Shah Pakatiawal told the BBC that three Afghan civilians and two British soldiers died in the blast.
Four other people were injured in the blast, he said.
Surge in violence
The BBC's Payenda Sargand in Kabul says this is the first time that a four-wheel drive vehicle has been used in a suicide bomb attack in the area.
Last week, an Afghan civilian was killed and an army officer injured in a suicide attack on a Nato-led convoy in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan, police say.
The convoy narrowly escaped being hit by the car bomber.
A total of 124 people have been killed in suicide attacks in Afghanistan up to 12 August this year, according to a statement issued by the US-led coalition forces.
|The statement said 84% of the people killed in these attacks were civilians.||The statement said 84% of the people killed in these attacks were civilians.|
|Afghanistan is going through its bloodiest period since the fall of the Taleban in 2001.||Afghanistan is going through its bloodiest period since the fall of the Taleban in 2001.|
Militants recently stepped up their insurgency against government and foreign forces in the south and east.