Thursday, May 14, 2009

Afghan-Pakistan border Car bomb blast

KANDAHAR (Afghanistan) - A SUICIDE attacker blew up a car bomb at an Afghan police station about 500 metres from the Pakistan border on Thursday, killing one policeman and wounding four, a commander said.

It was the third deadly suicide attack in as many days in Afghanistan, where Taleban insurgents warned last month they would step up attacks on Afghan officials and the local and international security forces.

The driver of the car had been trying to enter a border police compound at the town of Spin Boldak, the border police commander for southwestern Afghanistan, Mr Sayfullah Hakim, told AFP.

'Police became suspicious of the vehicle and would not let it in. They took cover. The attacker detonated and wounded five border policemen,' he said.

One of the wounded later died.

The attack was similar to scores carried out by Taleban insurgents but there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The eastern town of Khost, also near the border with Pakistan, was struck by Taleban suicide bombings on Tuesday and Wednesday that together killed 16 people and wounded dozens more.

A dozen militants were also killed.

Afghan and international leaders say the extremist militants holed up in Pakistan's semi-autonomous areas on the border are a major threat to the region and the West and have demanded Islamabad take action against them. -- AFP


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