Afghan Kandahar province experiences a day of bomb attacks

09:43, February 05, 2011      

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Taliban birthplace Kandahar province in south Afghanistan experienced a day of bomb attacks Friday, which left six people, including four women and a child, injured.

In the latest violent attack against government interest a suicide bomber blew up an explosive-laden car outside Kandahar police chief's house, killing himself and injuring two women.

However, Kandahar provincial police chief Khan Mohammad Mujhid escaped the attack.

"Minutes after I was back from office and get home the bomb attack happened, but I am safe and sound," Mujahid told Xinhua at the site.

The police chief confirmed that the bomber was killed in the blast, adding that two passers-by, both women, were wounded in the blast.

"The incident occurred in the Precinct 12 of Kandahar city around 3 p.m. (1030 GMT). As a result, two women were injured," spokesman of provincial administration, Zalmai Ayubi told Xinhua.

This is the second attack against Kandahar police chief this week. On Tuesday a roadside bomb went off near his motorcade in Kandahar city, causing no casualties.

Hours earlier on Friday, a bomb planted in a sidewalk went off in Kandahar city while a police vehicle was passing the road.

"The mine was planted in sidewalk in second precinct of Kandahar city and detonated by a remote control at around 11 a.m. local time, injuring four civilians, including a woman and two children."

He said the all the victims were civilians riding a rickshaw and the only man who got injuries was the driver of the vehicle.

Police blamed Taliban militants for initiating the blast.

Meantime, Taliban militants who largely rely on suicide attack and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) have yet to make comments.

The former Taliban stronghold Kandahar province has seen escalating violence and attacks against interest of government during the past weeks.

Furthermore, Deputy to provincial governor Abdul Latif Ashna was killed on Jan. 29 after a suicide bomber blew himself up near his vehicle in Kandahar city.

Kandahar, the birthplace of Taliban, has been experiencing increasing militancy over the past couple of years despite continued military operations since mid 2010.

Source: Xinhua
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