Bomb Kills at least Seven in Afghanistan

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HELMAND, Afghanistan - A bomb detonated by remote control in front of a government building in Lashkar Gah in southern Afghanistan killed at least seven civilians and wounded 14. Lashkar Gah is the capital of Helmand Province.

"The blast was caused by explosives attached to a bicycle and was controlled remotely," Helmand government spokesman Dawud Ahmadi said.

"The latest information we have says that seven people have been killed and 14 wounded," he said.

Elsewhere, a roadside bomb detonated as a convoy of Romanian troops - part of the NATO forces - passed five wounded soldiers. They were evacuated for treatment, spokesman Mohammad Jan Rasoulyar said.

Meanwhile, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said U.S.-led forces were making steady progress in the offensive in Mahjar, also in Helmand Province, now in its tenth day.

"As you've all been seeing, we're making steady, if perhaps a bit slower than anticipated, progress," Mullen told reporters at the Pentagon. He also expressed regret at the airstrike that killed at least 21 Afghan civilians on Sunday, the third airstrike this month that killed noncombatants.

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Sources: Reuters, The Associated Press

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