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5 dead, 16 injured in Kandahar attack

5 dead, 16 injured in Kandahar attack

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Jan 03, 2012 - 14:41

KANDAHAR CITY (PANinfo-icon): Four children and a policeman were killed and 16 others, mostly civilians, injured when a suicide attacker rammed his explosives-packed motorbike into a police outpost in southern Kandahar province, the Ministry of Interior said on Tuesday.

The blast happened at around 12:20pm in the Urdu Bazaar area of Kandahar City, the provincial capital, in the first police district, the ministry said in a statement.

The dead included four children and a policeman, it said, adding another 16 people, including three policeman and six children, were taken to a nearby hospital by police.

The interior ministry condemned the suicide attack and expressed its sincere condolences to the victims' families.

Earlier, a police official said three civilians and a policeman were killed in the blast that ripped through a convoy of vehicles carrying police.

Abdul Raziq told Pajhwok Afghan News the dead included three civilians and a policeman, while nine others, including three policemen, were wounded in the blast.

He said an investigation had been launched into the attack, for which the Talibaninfo-icon have claimed responsibility.

Rebel spokesman Qari Yusuf Ahmadi said the target was a border police commander, Esmatullah. He said the commander was on a foot patrol when he was attacked. Several policemen were killed and wounded, he said, but stopped short of giving information about the fate of Esmatullah.

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