21 Nov 2008

Suicide bomber kills nine in Afghanistan

9:08 am on 21 November 2008

A suicide car-bomber in Afghanistan has killed nine people and wounded 16, including two US soldiers, in an attack on a government compound.

A government official says the bomber blew himself up at the gate of a district government centre in Khost province on Thursday.

Khost is next to the North Waziristan region of Pakistan.

An insurgency by the Taliban has intensified over the past two years and the number of foreign troops is up to 70,000.