Afghan po­lice defuse mo­tor­cy­cle bomb

The Pak Banker - - 6i Nternational -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Pakistan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.