아프가니스탄의 수도 카불 외곽에서 발생한 자살 폭탄 테러로 6명의 민간인이 숨졌습니다.

아프가니스탄 당국은 이번 테러가 아프가니스탄에서 활동중인 연합군의 차량을 겨냥한 것이었다고 밝혔습니다. 이번 테러로 민간인 6명이 숨지고 적어도 18명이 부상했으나 외국인 병사는 다치지 않았습니다.

앞서 어제 유엔의 쟝 마리 게헤노 평화유지 담당 사무차장은 탈리반의 저항이 예상보다 더 심각하다며, 아프가니스탄의 안정을 위해 북대서양조약기구, 나토군과 아프가니스탄 정부간의 협의를 개선할 필요가 있다고 유엔 안전보장이사회에 밝혔습니다.

Afghan officials say a suicide car bomber has killed six civilians near Kabul's airport.

They say today's (Thursday's) attack was aimed at vehicles used by coalition forces in Afghanistan. The blast wounded at least 18 other people, but no foreign troops were badly injured.

On Wednesday, top United Nations peacekeeping official Jean-Marie Guehenno said the Taliban insurgency has been worse than expected.

He told the Security Council a better coordination with NATO forces and the Afghan government is needed to stabilize the country.

Also Wednesday, British forces killed four civilians during an air strike aimed at Taliban forces in the southern province of Helmand.

In other developments, Pakistani officials lodged a strong protest after two women and two children were killed in Pakistan by artillery shells fired by coalition forces in Afghanistan. Coalition officials have not confirmed Pakistan's report of the attack.