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(CNN) -- A suicide car bombing in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Sunday has killed four civilians and wounded 13 others, an Afghan security commander told CNN.

The U.S. military said 12 were wounded.

Reports from the scene, citing Afghan officials, said the attacker apparently targeted the governor of Kandahar province who was traveling with the convoy, but missed him.

The U.S. military, in a statement about the incident, did not mention the governor.

No coalition troops were wounded, military officials said.

"It was quite a forceful boom and there was a lot of debris," said Janis Mackey Frayer, a CTV reporter who was traveling in the convoy.

Frayer told CNN the convoy contained around eight vehicles.

She said the suicide vehicle approached the convoy from an alley and attempted to wedge its way between a G Wagon and a Coyote.

The Canadians pointed a turret in the attacker's direction, apparently prompting the insurgent to detonate the vehicle earlier than planned, she said.

The convoy, which sustained minimal damage, was able to keep moving through the town after the strike.

Sixteen Canadian troops have been killed in Operation Enduring Freedom since April 2002. Half of those have occurred since March of this year as militants have ratcheted up their roadside bombings and ambushes against coalition forces.

There are 2,300 Canadian troops in Afghanistan.

More than 900 people have been killed in the insurgency since the start of the year, half of them in May, Reuters reports.

A rise in Taliban activity in the south coincides with preparations for NATO-led peacekeepers to take control of southern provinces from coalition forces, which have had a more offensive mission to hunt down Taliban and al Qaeda remnants.

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