| GEO World|
| Blast kills 7 Afghan troops|
| Updated at: 0051 PST, Thursday, March 12, 2009|
KABUL: A remote-controlled roadside bomb killed seven Afghan security forces Wednesday in eastern Afghanistan, while Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the killing of an Afghan journalist, who was shot dead by unknown assailants in southern region.
Seven Afghan security forces were killed when their vehicle was blown up by a remote-controlled roadside bomb in Lakan area of south- eastern province of Khost on Wednesday morning, General Najeeb Nuhzad, an army commander in the province said.
Following the blast, four wounded attackers were detained by the combined Afghan and US-led coalition forces after they were targeted by a coalition's airstrike, said Nuhzad, who is the director for a Provincial Coordination Committee, an entity that coordinates Afghan and foreign military operations in the province.
He said the dead security forces were part of a unit which assisted the international troops in the province in their military operations.
Meanwhile, Karzai condemned Wednesday the death of an Afghan journalist, Jawid Ahmad Kakar, who was shot dead in southern city of Kandahar by two unknown assailants on Tuesday.