Donkey bomb kills 3, wounds 5 in Taliban birthplace Kandahar in S. Afghanistan

08:29, April 20, 2010      

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Militants fighting the Afghan government in a new tactic, which took many into surprise, using donkey bomb in their former stronghold Kandahar in south Afghanistan Monday killing three kids and injuring five others.

With the new but successful tactic, the militants apparently targeted a pro-government figure Hajji Fazludin Agha who supported President Hamid Karzai during the last August presidential election and killed three kids of his family.

"A cart full of alfalfa and pulled by donkey exploded next to my house unfortunately claimed the lives of three innocent children, all from my family," Fazludin Agha told Xinhua.

Three more civilians including two children sustained injuries in the attack, he said.

Two police personnel also sustained injuries in the blast while the police check post was completely smashed, he said.

Meanwhile, witnesses at the site said eight people were injured in the blast.

It was the first time that the insurgents have used donkey as bomb carrier in their operations against the government.

In the past, the insurgents have used car bombs, bicycle bombs, motorbike bombs and suicide bombings.

Fazludin Agha asserted that militants exploded the donkey bomb by a remote control and caused the tragedy.

Locals at the site of the incident said that the target was Fazul Agha.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility.

Taliban militants often target pro-government figures.

The blast, according to Zalmai Ayubi, the spokesman for the provincial administration, took place in the 7th precinct of Kandahar city, capital of the same name province Kandahar.

He said that investigation is underway to determine who was behind the crime.

This was the fourth blast since Thursday in Kandahar, the birthplace of Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan.

Three blasts including two Taliban-led attacks claimed the lives of 16 people including six foreign nationals and injured over three dozen others.

Militancy has taken new impetus in Kandahar amid military preparations to crackdown Taliban hideouts.

Afghan and NATO-led forces say that a major offensive to evict Taliban from parts of Kandahar and ensure durable peace there is in offing and possibly launched in June.

However, Taliban outfit, according to media reports, would fight back tooth and nail to defend their hold in Kandahar.

Source: Xinhua


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