Afghan blast kills 20 civilians

Twenty civilians have been killed in an explosion in Kandahar, the largest city in southern Afghanistan, an official said today.

Twenty civilians have been killed in an explosion in Kandahar, the largest city in southern Afghanistan, an official said today.

Javid Faisal, a spokesman for Kandahar province, said at least 22 others were injured in the blast, which happened in a market area several miles from Kandahar Air Field.

The massive military installation is used by the US-led coalition.

Mr Faisal said the explosives were placed in a vehicle in an area where shopkeepers sell logistical supplies for the military base.

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