- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 21, 2009

KABUL (AP) - A suicide bomber in a car blew himself up at a police checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing four people, officials said.

In southern Afghanistan, a NATO soldier was killed in a hostile incident, the military alliance said Saturday.

The bomber attacked a police checkpoint where officers were searching cars in Chaparhar district of eastern Nangarhar province, said a police spokesman, Gafor Khan.

The blast killed three civilians and one policeman, said the provincial governor, Gul Agha Sherzai. One civilian and one policeman were wounded in the attack, he said.

Militants regularly use suicide bombings in their attacks against Afghan and foreign troops in the country.

The NATO soldier in southern Afghanistan died Friday, the same day four Canadian troops serving with the NATO-led force were killed in two separate explosions, the alliance said.

The statement did not disclose the victim’s nationality or the exact place of the incident.

Southern Afghanistan is the center of the Taliban-led insurgency. Thousands of new U.S. troops will be joining British, Canadian and Dutch troops in trying to reverse gains by the Taliban and expand governance and security.

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