Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A suicide car bomber targeting NATO-led troops in southern Afghanistan killed two civilians and wounded 12 others Thursday, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.
ISAF said the insurgent was also killed in the attack, which took place in the Daman district of Kandahar province, outside Kandahar city.
The insurgent, driving a black sedan, targeted a patrol. Zalmal Ayoobi, the Kandahar provincial governor's spokesman, said all of the victims were civilians, and three were children.
The blast damaged buildings and left a "significant crater in the highway," ISAF said.
The Kandahar region has a strong militant presence and has long been the scene of many Taliban attacks and clashes between coalition and Afghan troops and insurgents.
ISAF also reported the deaths of two troops in attacks in southern Afghanistan Thursday.
Journalist Najib Sharifi contributed to this report