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10 killed in back-to-back Kandahar blasts

10 killed in back-to-back Kandahar blasts

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Feb 27, 2011 - 13:03

KANDAHAR CITY (PANinfo-icon): Ten people, including two policemen, were killed and 17 others injured when two back-to-back explosions hit a dogfight venue in the southern province of Kandahar on Sunday, the interior ministry said.

An investigation had been launched into the blasts that took place at 12pm in Gul Kalacha area of Arghandab district, the ministry said in a statement.

The dead included eight civilians and two policemen. Five policemen were among 17 people injured in the explosions. The injured were taken to the Mirwais Hospital, the statement said, condemning the incident as a cowardly act of "the enemies of the country".

Earlier, district chief, Shah Mohammad, told Pajhwok Afghan News, that eight civilians were killed and five policemen injured in the explosions.

A checkpoint commander in the area, Mohammad Ismail, said that 10 civilians were killed and nine others, including four policemen, injured.

"We were on a patrol in two vehicles. One police vehicle struck a roadside bomb near the dogfight. When the people came to the scene, the second bomb was detonated," he added.

The heavy explosions threw the bodies and injured people several metres, witness Sher Mohammad said.  Area people and police took the injured to hospital.

Four wounded policemen and a civilian were under treatment, a doctor at Mirwais Hospital said on condition of anonymity. The injured civilian was in critical condition.

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