Suicide attack hits Afghan city, three police wounded

AFP – A suicide attacker struck a police patrol close to the governor’s office in Afghanistan’s southern city of Kandahar, wounding at least three policemen, an officer said.

Remains of the bomber, who had been on foot, were scattered across the road, which was immediately cordoned off by police, an AFP reporter said.

“At this moment I can confirm only three police wounded in the suicide blast here minutes ago,” a police officer, Asif Khan, told AFP as ambulances arrived at the site.

The patrol came under attack on a main road in the city about 50 metres (yards) from the office of provincial governor Assadullah Khalid.

On May 17 the governor’s armoured vehicle was the target of another suicide bombing, but he was not in it at the time.

The blast wounded the information minister, Abdul Karim Khoram, who was in the convoy.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack, as it has for a rash of bombings over the past weeks including a suicide blast which killed three German soldiers a week ago.

Kandahar, the birthplace of the ultra-Islamic Taliban movement, has been hard hit by increasing Taliban militancy which has claimed the lives of about 1,500 people so far this year, with most of the dead rebel fighters.

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