Sunday, December 04, 2005

Smithereen Commando Struck By Motorcycle

According to this report from the Associated Press a suicide bomber in Kandahar, Afghanistan prematurely detonated when struck by a motorcycle. Both the motorcyclist and the terrorist were killed:
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - An attacker blew himself up in a failed assault on coalition forces Sunday in volatile southern Afghanistan.

The attempted attack against the coalition forces occurred after their convoy passed through the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar. Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Yousuf Stanekzai said the explosives detonated when the attacker was hit by a motorcycle. The blast killed the attacker and motorcycle driver and wounded two other people, U.S. military and Afghan police officials said.

One of the wounded was a coalition soldier, who was treated for minor injuries and returned to duty, said Lt. Mike Cody, a coalition spokesman. Afghan state television reported that the convoy was Canadian.
There's some question as to whether the terrorist was a true smithereen commando, as a witness at the scene said that he was trying to throw a hand grenade when struck.