Afghan police defuse motorcycle bomb
KABUL: Afghan police defused a motorcycle bomb that was meant to go off in the troubled southern city of Kandahar shortly after a suicide car bombing there killed three and wounded 26 people, most of them police, authorities said Tuesday.
Police found the explosivesladen motorbike Monday at a busy intersection in the center of the city, the Interior Ministry said in a statement, about a mile (1.5 kilometers) from where the suicide bomber struck near a police compound and a bank in central Kandahar.
The Kandahar governor's spokesman, Zalmai Ayubi, said it appeared that the motorcycle bomb had been intended to explode shortly after the suicide bomber detonated his car in what would have been a double attack on the city.
The Taliban have deep roots in southern Afghanistan, their traditional stronghold, and the region has seen some of the worst fighting this year between the militants and foreign and Afghan troops. Police and the Afghan army are often the target of attacks, as are people working with the government and coalition forces. NATO said a service member was killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday. It didn't give the casualty's nationality or say which province the attack occurred in. This year has been by far the deadliest in the nearly 10 years for coalition troops in Afghanistan, with 699 killed so far, according to an Associated Press count. Last year, 504 were killed. Afghan police and soldiers are also targeted in attacks, as are people working with the government and coalition forces. On Tuesday, gunmen killed an employee at the Kandahar mayor's office as the man was walking in the street, deputy police chief Fazel Ahmed Sherzad said. -Ap