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June 25, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez and Hashmat Baktash, Special to The Times
A suicide car bombing outside a hospital in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 15 people Saturday and injured 45 others, just a day after a bomb attached to a bicycle killed 10 people at a market in the northern province of Kunduz. The attack on the hospital occurred in the Azra district of the eastern province of Lowgar, about 25 miles east of Kabul. Din Mohammed Darwaish, spokesman for the Lowgar governor's office, said the suicide car bomber detonated his explosives outside the 40-bed hospital, which was filled with patients, visitors, doctors and other hospital staff.
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February 21, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - A suicide car bomber attacked the Somali presidential palace in Mogadishu on Friday, triggering a massive explosion, before about 10 heavily armed gunmen jumped out of two more vehicles and opened fire. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamed, whose residence and office is in the presidential palace compound, known as Villa Somalia, was unharmed. Al Shabab, the Al Qaeda-linked Somali terror group that carried out last year's attack on a shopping mall in Kenya, claimed responsibility for the attack, Reuters reported.
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May 16, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A powerful suicide car bomb rocked Kabul on Thursday, killing six foreigners and at least six Afghan civilians, according to local officials. The attack took place around 8 a.m., a time when many people in the Afghan capital were commuting to work. Six civilians were killed and 35 wounded, said Gen. Mohammad Daud Amin, deputy chief of the Kabul police. Other officials said as many eight people were killed. Mohammad Ayob Salangi, Kabul's police chief, said the attack occurred when a suicide bomber in a Toyota Corolla pulled up beside a NATO convoy.
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May 16, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier
KABUL, Afghanistan - The death toll from a powerful suicide car bomb that shook the Afghan capital of Kabul on Thursday morning has increased to 15, including two American troops and four foreign civilian contractors, according to U.S. and Afghan officials. The attack took place about 8 a.m., said Gen. Mohammad Daud Amin, deputy chief of Kabul police, a time when many people were commuting to work. A suicide bomber in a Toyota Corolla pulled up beside a NATO convoy, Police Chief Mohammad Ayob Salangi said.
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March 9, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez and Aoun Sahi
Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan, and Lahore, Pakistan -- A suicide car bombing at a building in Lahore that houses terrorism investigators killed at least 13 people and wounded 80 others Monday, the first terrorist strike this year to hit a major city in Pakistan's Punjab heartland. The blast targeted a special investigative unit that interrogates key terrorism suspects. The building collapsed from the force of the blast, and rescuers spent the morning searching for survivors in the rubble.
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January 16, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A suicide car bomb exploded near a Canadian military convoy in a southern Afghan city, killing two civilians and a Canadian Foreign Affairs official and wounding 13 people, officials said. A purported Taliban spokesman, Qari Mohammed Yousuf, called Associated Press and claimed responsibility.
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October 29, 2007 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
A suicide car bomber killed seven people and wounded 25 in the disputed northern city of Kirkuk on Sunday, targeting a crowded bus terminal heavily used by travelers to the provinces that form the semiautonomous Kurdistan region, police and witnesses said. Ten shops and 15 cars were set ablaze by the afternoon explosion. "It was a suicide car; the driver detonated himself in front of a civilian crowd next to the bus terminal," said witness Rebowar Mohammad, 32. "I was close to the explosion.
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November 4, 1985 | Associated Press
Military sources and Israel Radio said Israeli-backed militiamen opened fire on a suicide car bomber in the southern Lebanese village of Arnoun today, blowing up the car and killing the driver. Israeli military sources said they had no reports of other casualties. They estimated that the car, which came within six miles of the Israeli border, was carrying at least 220 pounds of explosives.
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October 10, 2009 | Alex Rodriguez
A suicide car bomb tore through a bustling market in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Friday, killing at least 49 people in what appeared to be the Pakistani Taliban's latest broadside against a government that says it is preparing a significant military offensive against the militants. The explosion, which also injured more than 100 people, occurred at the Khyber Bazaar in the capital of Pakistan's violence-racked North-West Frontier Province. Though there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, Pakistani officials said they believed it was the work of the Pakistani Taliban.
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August 9, 1989 | From Associated Press
A suicide car bomber attacked an Israeli convoy in south Lebanon today, wounding six people, and the pro-Iranian Hezbollah said it was in retaliation for Israel's abduction of a Shiite Muslim cleric. Hezbollah said a Shiite clergyman drove the explosives-laden vehicle. He and a passenger blew themselves to bits in the attack, Israeli military sources said. It also said the seizure of Sheik Abdul Karim Obeid hampered efforts to free the 16 Western captives in Lebanon, eight of whom are Americans.
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May 16, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A powerful suicide car bomb rocked Kabul on Thursday, killing six foreigners and at least six Afghan civilians, according to local officials. The attack took place around 8 a.m., a time when many people in the Afghan capital were commuting to work. Six civilians were killed and 35 wounded, said Gen. Mohammad Daud Amin, deputy chief of the Kabul police. Other officials said as many eight people were killed. Mohammad Ayob Salangi, Kabul's police chief, said the attack occurred when a suicide bomber in a Toyota Corolla pulled up beside a NATO convoy.
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May 16, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The U.S.-military contractor DynCorp International says four American employees were killed in a suicide car bombing Thursday in the Afghan capital, Kabul, bringing the number of Americans slain to six. Nine Afghan civilians were also killed and 39 injured, including many women and children, said Dr. Kanishka Turkistani, a spokesman with the Afghan public health ministry. The explosion, which was heard across Kabul, sent a large cloud of white smoke into the air around 8 a.m.,  just as many people were commuting to work.
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April 14, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Militants attacked Mogadishu's main courthouse Sunday in one of two attacks in Somalia that were linked to an Al Qaeda-affiliated group. About nine gunmen wearing Somali police uniforms and suicide vests stormed the court building, firing shots and taking hostages. The attack triggered gun battles with security forces that lasted several hours and claimed more than a dozen deaths. Al Shabab, the violent militia affiliated with Al Qaeda that opposes the Somali government, later claimed responsibility for the attack.
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April 8, 2013 | By Rasha Elass and Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
DAMASCUS, Syria - A suicide car bombing in central Damascus killed at least 15 people and wounded 53 on Monday, Syrian state television reported, highlighting the degree to which Syria's civil war has reached into the heart of the capital. The bomb exploded outside Syria's Central Bank and its tax commission, and not far from a secondary school. More than a dozen cars were set on fire. State television played mournful music as it showed video of bodies and body parts being lifted from the debris.
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February 23, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan security forces foiled an apparent suicide bomber in central Kabul on Sunday morning but attackers struck police and intelligence offices in two other eastern cities, killing three people, officials said. Officers with the National Directorate of Security shot and killed a suicide bomber who was driving a sport-utility vehicle packed with explosives on a road leading to one of the intelligence agency's offices in Kabul's Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood, officials said.
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February 21, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - A powerful car bomb ripped through central Damascus, the Syrian capital, on Thursday, killing dozens and dramatizing the wide gulf between the persistent violence and fledgling efforts to jump-start peace talks in the country's almost 2-year-old war. State news media said at least 53 people were killed and 235 injured in a devastating midmorning attack that yielded disturbing images of smoldering vehicles and charred and dismembered bodies...
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August 19, 1988 | Reuters
A suicide bomber drove a car rigged with explosives toward scores of Israeli troops in south Lebanon today but it exploded just before reaching them, security sources said. They said the driver planned to smash the Renault car packed with 220 pounds of explosives into an Israeli convoy near Khardali Bridge, 6 miles south of Marjayoun in Israel's self-declared "security zone." It was not immediately known what triggered the explosion, which killed only the driver, the sources said.
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December 13, 2012 | By David Zucchino and Hashmat Baktash
TARIN KOT, Afghanistan -- A suicide car bomber attacked a coalition convoy near an entrance to the massive U.S. airbase in Kandahar in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing a coalition service member and two Afghan civilians, local authorities said. Ahmad Jawed Faisal, a spokesman for the Kandahar governor, said the suicide vehicle struck about 5 p.m. as an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) convoy passed about 100 yards from a gate leading to Kandahar Air Field. The blast also wounded four coalition service members and 18 civilians, the authorities said.
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October 3, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - A series of car bombs exploded in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo early Wednesday, killing more than two dozen people, injuring many more and causing massive damage. Suicide car bombers struck Saadallah al Jabri Square, the city's largest plaza and once the site of huge pro-government rallies, the official Syrian Arab News Agency said. The agency put the death toll at 34, though other reports indicated that 40 or more had been killed, and said 122 were injured. Later, Turkey said it responded with artillery fire into Syria after the Turkish border town of Akcakale was shelled, killing five people.
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