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Suicide blasts at Afghan city police HQ, eight dead: official
7. September 2008, 03:14

AFP - Two suicide bombers struck inside the police headquarters in Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar Sunday, killing at least eight people, a senior local official told AFP.

"There were two suicide bombers who blew themselves up inside the police headquarters, one after another," said Ahmad Wali Karzai, head of Kandahar's provincial council and President Hamid Karzai's brother.

"So far, according to my information, eight people have been martyred and 23 others have been wounded," he said.

"I don't know how they got in but I know there have been two suicide bombings inside the police headquarters," Karzai added.

Other officials could not be reached to confirm the details or death toll.

A police officer who would not give his name also said it was a suicide attack and six police had been wounded, including a senior officer.

"It was a suicide attack and, including the border police commander of Spin Boldak, I have seen six border police wounded," he said.

A civilian worker who came out of the complex soon after the explosions said the blasts appeared to have come from a police vehicle parked inside the compound.

"There was a small explosion followed by a big one in a white car parked near the criminal investigation department inside the police headquarters," he said on condition of anonymity.

Police immediately sealed off the area and seven to eight ambulances were seen leaving the compound in the city centre.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the insurgent Taliban movement has been behind a wave of suicide attacks in Afghanistan.

The Taliban used suicide bombers to blow open Kandahar jail in mid-June, allowing more than 1,000 prisoners -- including militants -- to escape.

The Kandahar area was where the Taliban rose to power in the 1990s, before taking over government in 1996. US-led forces ousted the militia in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

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