Suicide bomber shot dead in Kandahar
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Police shot dead a suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle before he could reach his target in the capital of southern Kandahar province on Tuesday.
The bomber was carrying 2,000 kilograms of explosives in his mazda type vehicle when police signaled him to stop in the limits of the sixth police district of Kandahar city, Kandahar deputy police chief Gen. Rahmatullah Atrafi told Pajhwok Afghan News.
However, the attacker did not stop and hurled a hand-grenade at the police, who opened fire at the vehicle, killing the attacker before he could set off his explosives.
The attacker had filled the explosives in oil barrels and gas cylinders and his possible targets were the governor’s house, the Indian Consulate or the central jail, Atrafi said.
The explosives-laden vehicle caught fire after police fired gunshots at it, but the explosives did not go off until the fire was extinguished, the police official said. The explosives were then defused by the police bomb disposal squad.
Meanwhile, a policeman was gunned down by unknown attackers in Kandahar city on Tuesday.
A security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the policeman was killed in the city’s Dabaro gate in a hit-and-run attack when he was returning to duty.
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