Blast kills Kandahar mayor, wounds another in S. Afghanistan

16:55, July 27, 2011      

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Explosion killed Kandahar Mayor and wounded another in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, an official said.

"An explosion ripped through in Municipality department of Kandahar city, the capital of Kandahar province this morning, killing Kandahar Mayor Ghulam Haider Hamidi," spokesman for the provincial administration Zalmai Ayubi told Xinhua.

Meantime, a press release issued by Kandahar provincial administration described the blast as a suicide attack.

"Mayor Hamidi was meeting with some people when a man planed explosive device in his turban entered the meeting hall and blew it up, killing the Mayor and injured another," the press release added.

The attacker was also killed in the explosion, it stated.

In the press release, the enemies of peace, a term used by Afghan officials against Taliban for organizing the attack, but the outfit fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops has yet to make comment.

Kandahar, the birthplace of Taliban 455 km south of capital city Kabul has been the scene of increasing insurgency over the past couple of years.

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