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Two injured in suicide blast in Afghan Qalat town

(Xinhua)

09:19, August 29, 2011

QALAT, Afghanistan, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- A suicide bombing shocked Zabul's provincial capital Qalat, 340 km south of capital city Kabul on Sunday, leaving the bomber dead and injured two civilians, regional police chief said.

"Three suicide bombers raided Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) which is closed to the office of Zabul Governor, so far one of the bomber has been killed and two others made captive," Salim Ahsas told Xinhua.

Two civilians were injured in the blast, he further said.

Going into details, he said that one of the suicide attackers blew himself up next to the gate of PRT enabling two other suicide bombers to enter but both of them have been captured by security forces after exchange of fire and one of them in injured condition.

Provincial Reconstruction Team is a NATO-led civilian-military unit involved in reconstruction activities in Afghanistan.

Ahsad also added that search operation is continuing if any suicide bomber is hidden around.

Meantime, Qari Yusuf Ahmadi who claims to speak for the Taliban outfit claimed of responsibility and in talks with media via telephone from unknown location said that few suicide bombers targeted PRT and Governor House inflicted huge casualties, a claim rejected by regional police chief as mere propaganda.

Anti-government militants have intensified their activities mostly in the shape of suicide attacks and roadside bombings.

Two more car bomb suicide attacks carried out by insurgents in the southern Kandahar and Lashkar Gah cities on Saturday left at least four civilians dead and injured 37 others, mostly non- combatants.

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