Kandahar, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A blast ripped through Kandahar city Thursday, killing at least eight people and injuring three, a provincial security official said.
Fazel Ahmad Sherzad, security officer for Kandahar province, said an attacker placed an explosive in a horse cart. Police identified the man and fired at him, and the attacker then detonated the bomb, Sherzad said. The incident took place near the Continental Hotel.
Among the dead were seven civilians and a police officer. The three wounded people were civilians. The insurgent, described as a "suicide attacker," was shot dead.
Kandahar province, in southern Afghanistan, is one of the Afghan war's main battlegrounds, and is a stronghold of militants.
The blast comes a day after a Canadian soldier and an Afghan soldier were killed by a roadside bomb during a foot patrol about 25 kilometers, or more than 15 miles, southwest of the city of Kandahar, Canadian forces said.
That blast also injured an Afghan interpreter.