At least 30 people have been killed and 40 injured in four suspected suicide bombings in the Southern Afghan city of Kandahar.
The first blast happened when attackers struck near a prison, a hotel, a mosque and at a city centre road junction.
Kandahar, a former Taliban stronghold, is one of Afghanistanâ€™s largest cities.
The US has hinted that the volatile area could be one of the next targets for operations against the Taliban.
Previous attacks in Kandahar province have been blamed on Taliban insurgents, who have regularly launched suicide car bomb
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In June 2008 a suicide bomber blew apart the Kandahar prison gates and a nearby checkpoint, freeing hundreds of prisoners, many of them suspected insurgents.