Four children are killed and several people wounded in a suicide blast in Afghanistan's Kandahar city.
(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Unknown gunmen entered a mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Monday (July 9) from where they were battling Afghan security forces, provincial officials in Kandahar said. Monday's violence began when three suicide bombers on a pick-up truck detonated their explosives in the fourth district of Kandahar. Local residents said four children were killed and more people were wounded. As the fighting was going on, nobody claimed responsibility for the attacks and it was not immediately clear how many gunmen were involved. Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban, where the group has substantial sway and enjoys popular support. Monday's violence came after bombs and clashes killed at least 35 people, including seven NATO soldiers, in Afghanistan on Sunday (July 8) - one of the most violent days in the country in recent months. Civilians bear the brunt of the violence in Afghanistan. Although the UN reported a 20 percent decrease in civilian deaths in the first four months of this year from the same period in 2011, last year saw the number of civilians killed in Afghanistan rise for a fifth straight year to over 3,000. NATO says the vast majority of these deaths are caused by insurgents, not by the coalition.