Roundup: Suicide bomb kills 5, wounds 16 in Afghanistan

January 4, 2012 1:08 pm 

By Abdul Haleem and Chen Xin

KABUL, Jan. 3 — A suicide bombing rocked former Taliban stronghold Kandahar, 450 km south of Afghan capital, on Tuesday, killing five people including four civilians and wounding 16 others, a press release issued by Kandahar provincial administration said.

"A suicide bomber riding a motorbike blew himself up in Urdu Bazaar area of the provincial capital Kandahar city at around 12: 30 p.m. local time, resulting four children and a police constable martyred," the press release said.

Sixteen people including three policemen and 13 civilians sustained injuries in the bombing. The bomber was also killed in the blast, it said.

Earlier, police officer Gulalai said that the suicide bomber strapped explosive device in his body and blew himself up near a police checkpoint, leaving two people dead and 12 others injured, including four police and eight civilians.

Gulalai blamed the attack on Taliban militants. However, the outfit fighting Afghan and NATO-led forces have yet to make comment.

Since the beginning of January, the waves of militancy has gotten impetus after a roadside bomb left three civilians dead on Monday in Logar province, 60 km south of Kabul.

Security forces in Kandahar discovered on Sunday during routine checking an explosive-laden car and took into custody two people aboard, a statement of Kandahar provincial administration said on Monday.

Kandahar, 450 km south of capital Kabul, is the birthplace and former stronghold of Taliban. It has been the scene of Taliban-led militancy over the past five years. (PNA/Xinhua) DCT/utb

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