At least four Afghan civilians have been killed after a suicide bomber drove his car into a NATO patrol in Kabul. One UK soldier also died and four were injured, two seriously, in the attack on a main road in the capital. Meanwhile a NATO soldier has been killed and several more wounded by shots from two of their own warplanes during a battle in southern Afghanistan. It was part of a major operation against the Taliban, which over recent months has all but retaken Kandahar. Today’s death was the fifth NATO casualty in the offensive. Four Canadians died over the weekend.
Major Geoff Abthorpe of the Canadian Military said the deaths of his colleagues may change their style of combat: “As Canadians I think we like to go maybe a little softer-handed because we’re not used to this. Well, we’re getting our noses bloodied so it’s time to hit back a lot harder.”
An inquiry is under way into a Nimrod plane crash that killed 14 British military personnel in Afghanistan on Saturday. A technical fault is being blamed, with reports an electrical fire on board could have led to the disaster. Twelve of the men were based at RAF Kinloss in Scotland.