- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 21, 2009

KABUL (AP) - A suicide bomber in a car blew himself up at a police checkpoint Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing six 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 in Chaparhar district of eastern Nangarhar province where officers were searching cars, said a police spokesman, Gafor Khan.

The blast killed five civilians and one policeman, Khan said, while four civilians and a policeman were wounded.

Militants regularly use suicide bombings to attack Afghan and foreign troops.

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

The Saturday statement did not disclose the victim’s nationality or the site of the incident.

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

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