Blasts hit southern Afghan city

Explosions and gunfire in Kandahar after civilians are killed by foreign troops.

    Kandahar is the target of a mass offensive planned by Nato-led forces in the coming months [Reuters]

    Al Jazeera's Qais Azimy, reporting from the Afghan capital of Kabul, said gunmen equipped with a suicide vest tried to enter the headquarters of the intelligence office.

    "Police said one of the gunmen detonated himself," Azimy said.

    He said the clashes were now over and that the three attackers had been killed.

    Taliban claim

    He said the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was targeting specific officials at the intelligence office.

    Earlier in the day, international troops opened fire on a bus carrying Afghan civilians in the nearby Zhari district, killing four people and setting off anti-American protests in Kandahar city.

    Another 18 people were wounded in the incident, Zelmai Ayubi, a provincial government spokesman.

    He said international forces took 12 of the wounded to a military hospital.

    Nato said it "deeply regrets" the deaths, and Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, asked Nato forces to take "serious precautions" to avoid further civilian casualties, expressing "deep grief" over the incident.

    The Taliban have carried out attacks in recent months in various parts of the country, including Kandahar, which is the target of a mass offensive planned by Nato-led forces in coming months.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Revival: The Muslim Response to the Crusades

    Revival: The Muslim Response to the Crusades

    This part of 'The Crusades: An Arab Perspective' explores the birth of the Muslim revival in the face of the Crusades.

    Going undercover as a sex worker

    Going undercover as a sex worker

    A photojournalist describes how she posed as a prostitute to follow the trade in human flesh.

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    It's time to change the way we talk and think about Africa.