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Six dead in Afghan car bomb attack

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  • Five civilians, one police officer killed in car bomb attack on checkpoint
  • Attack occurred in Jalalabad City in Afghanistan's northwestern Nangarhar province
  • Four Canadian soldiers, one other ISAF soldier killed in attacks Friday
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(CNN) -- Five Afghan civilians and one police officer died Saturday in a car bomb attack targeting a police checkpoint in the country's northeastern region, the NATO command reported.

The incident occurred at a temporary Afghan National Police checkpoint near Jalalabad City in Nangarhar province, according to NATO's International Security Assistance Force.

ISAF said the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan told ISAF units that the five civilians and an Afghan National Police member were killed, and five civilians were injured.

ISAF also reported the death of one of its soldiers Friday in southern Afghanistan.

Also on Friday, four Canadian soldiers were killed and eight more wounded in separate bomb attacks west of Kandahar, one of the Afghan conflict's southern hotspots.

The first of the two attacks took place when a roadside bomb struck a foot patrol west of Kandahar about 6:45 a.m. Friday (2:15 a.m. GMT), said Capt. Isabelle Riche, a ministry spokeswoman in Ottawa. Two soldiers were killed and five wounded in that blast, she said.

The second took place about two hours later, when two more soldiers died and three others were wounded when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in the Shah-e-kot valley in Afghanistan's southeast, Riche said.

Canada has more than 2,800 troops in Afghanistan, where a U.S.-led coalition has been fighting since the 2001 al Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington. Friday's attacks bring the country's death toll in the seven-year-old war to 116.

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