Afghan tries to ram NATO patrol, kills 2 civilians

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Posted: Mar 31, 2011 7:42 AM
Afghan tries to ram NATO patrol, kills 2 civilians

An Afghan man rammed his vehicle into NATO troops on patrol in southern Afghanistan Wednesday, killing his passenger and a nearby pedestrian, the coalition said.

After three service members were struck, others on the patrol fired on the vehicle, which they believed had deliberately attacked them, NATO said.

The vehicle flipped into in a ditch, killing a passenger and hurting the driver, NATO said. The vehicle also hit and killed a pedestrian. Two other passers-by were injured in the incident in Kandahar city.

British Maj. Tim James, a spokesman for the international alliance, said the driver was taken to a hospital. It was unclear if he was arrested.

In the east, six French soldiers were lightly wounded when a suicide bomber blew up his car loaded with explosives near their transport vehicle in Tagab district of Kapisa province, French defense officials said in Paris. Military spokesman Thierry Burkhard said Wednesday's attack also lightly wounded four Afghans, three of them children.