Afghan truck bomb kills four, wounds police chief
A massive suicide truck bombing in Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar killed four civilians and wounded the provincial police chief overnight, authorities said on Tuesday.
The bombing targeted was General Abdul Raziq, the provincial police chief of Kandahar, who has a strong anti-Taliban background. Raziq survived the bombing with minor injuries to his face, arms and a leg.
"His injuries are not serious and he will soon be discharged from the hospital," a statement from the provincial governor's office said.
"He suffers from burns on his face, arms and leg, it's not serious," said Jawed Faisal, a spokesman for the provincial administration.
Faisal also said that four civilians had been killed and about 20 others, mostly civilians and members of the same family, were wounded in the blast. The spokesman described the explosion as massive and very, very huge. He said the truck bomb was detonated by a suicide attacker as the vehicle of the police chief passed through a neighbourhood in Kandahar city.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing but Taliban insurgents have been known to use suicide attacks against the Afghan government and its Western military backers.