Taliban say Kandahar bombings were a 'warning' to NATO

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - The Taliban say deadly bomb attacks in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar were a warning to NATO's top general as he plans a major offensive against the insurgents in the region.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said Sunday by telephone that the bombings show their fighters are ready for the offensive in their heartland around Kandahar province. A separate, Taliban-linked Web site said the bombings, which killed at least 35 people, were a "warning" to NATO Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

The U.S. general has said Kandahar province is the next target for coalition forces who recently drove the insurgents from a town in neighboring Helmand province. The bomb attacks Saturday night killed 35 people but failed to free insurgents from the city prison.

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