A powerful bomb blast has hit a U.S. military convoy near the city of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan, wounding several American soldiers.
Local authorities say a suicide bomber drove into the convoy and detonated his car, which was packed with explosives.
American military officials say four wounded soldiers, including one with serious injuries, were evacuated for treatment following the explosion. Afghan officials had said earlier there were multiple fatalities, but U.S. spokesmen say that is not true.
Taleban guerrillas claimed responsibility for Monday's attack, which took place 10 kilometers from Kandahar. U.S. officials have not confirmed further details of the attack.
The bombing comes amid a recent rise in Taleban-related violence in southern and eastern Afghanistan, with most attacks targeting U.S. and Afghan military personnel.
The United States is leading an international coalition of over 18,000 troops in Afghanistan.
Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.