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Suicide bombers kill 5 at Afghan govt compound
AFP
Kandahar, January 06, 2013
First Published: 15:15 IST(6/1/2013)
Last Updated: 16:11 IST(6/1/2013)

Two suicide bombers penetrated a government compound in the country's south Sunday, killing five people, Afghan officials said. There were no reports of foreign troops or civilians at the site.

The attack was in the district of Spin Boldak in Kandahar province. The district is a major infiltration corridor for Taliban fighters from Pakistan as well as a smuggling route for weapons and narcotics and Kandahar is one of Afghanistan's most violent provinces.

District chief of Spin Boldak said the two militants were targeting a meeting of local officials at a compound in a district of Kandahar province near the Pakistani border. Mohammad Hashim said the two attackers arrived in a car, killed a guard and entered the facility firing weapons before blowing themselves up along with their vehicle. The compound houses offices of the district chief and district council as well as other government buildings.

The head of the provincial council, Hafiz Abdul Haleem, said five people died including one policeman and four civilians. Fifteen were wounded.


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