3 dead as car bomb hits Nangarhar police HQ
JALALABAD (PAN): Two policemen and one civilian were killed on Saturday when a suicide bomber blew up a car outside the police headquarters in eastern Nangarhar province, officials said.
Another four civilians and two police officials sustained injuries in the powerful explosion that took place near the entrance to the police compound in Jalalabad, provincial police chief Fazl Ahmad Sherzada told reporters at the scene.
He said the attacker tried to enter the police station, but blew up the car after police recognised him and opened fire.
But the governor’s spokesman, Ahmadzia Abdulzai, put the death toll at 4 -- two policemen and as many civilians. Five policemen, two civilians and one a traffic official were injured, he said.
Public Health Director Dr. Hamayun Zaheer confirmed receiving two dead bodies of police and eight injured people at the civil hospital.
The suicide attack was followed by two back to back explosions elsewhere in the city, but there were no casualties in the blasts.
The twin blasts targeted a police vehicle passing in front of an Afghan army base in Majborabad area, according to provincial deputy police chief, Masoom Khan Hashmi. He said the police stayed unharmed, but their vehicle was partially damaged.
The suicide car bombing comes the day after US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kabul for crucial talks with President Hamid Karzai on the bilateral security agreement, with reports indicating progress in the talks on sticking points.
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