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    Kandahar police chief survives suicide attack

    KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): The police chief for southern Kandahar province said on Tuesday that he had survived a suicide attack in the provincial capital.

    Brig. Gen. Abdul Razzaq, speaking to reporters in Kandahar City, rejected rumours that he had suffered serious injuries in the assault on the police headquarters. 

    The suicide bombing took place at 1pm when they were turning in weapons to Disbandment of Illegal Armed Group officials at the police headquarters, he said.

    "An 18-year-old with an application in his hand entered the building in a hurry and tried to reach my office," the police chief said, adding the young man blew himself up after being identified by border police.

    A border police official was slightly wounded in the blast, according to Gen. Razzaq, who said the bomber told security guards that he needed urgent help in the recovery of a woman kidnapped from his residence.

    Meanwhile, a statement on the Taliban website said the Kandahar police headquarters had been rocked by a massive explosion. However, it gave no further details.