A US Army soldier searches an Afghan man during a patrol near Baraki Barak base in Logar Province on Saturday. – Photo by AFP

KANDAHAR: A suicide attack killed at least six people including two coalition forces members and four Afghan agents in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, ISAF and local officials said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, according to their spokesman Qari Yousif Ahmadi, after the blast that targeted a group of foreign soldiers and Afghan intelligence agents in Maruf district of Kandahar province.

ISAF said in a statement the attack also wounded several coalition civilian members and Afghan National Security Forces.

“ISAF can confirm that one coalition forces service member and one coalition forces civilian, along with several ANSF service members, died today in southern Afghanistan,” ISAF spokesman Adam Wojack told AFP.

“The injured personnel were evacuated to ISAF medical facilities for treatment,” he said.

The attacker was on foot and detonated his explosives-filled vest at a checkpoint close to an office of NDS, the Afghan intelligence agency, according to Kandahar provincial spokesman Jawed Faisal.

“The foreign and Afghan officials were standing at the checkpoint when the attacker blew himself up.

“The blast killed four NDS agents and wounded three others. There were some casualties among foreigners too.” he said.

The Taliban said the attack killed six foreigners and several Afghan security forces.

Updated Oct 13, 2012 12:21pm

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