[QODLink]
Central & South Asia
Deaths in blast near Afghan university
At least seven killed and 23 others wounded in suicide blast at US base near Kandahar University in country's south.
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2012 19:14
Kandahar University is two kilometres from the former compound of Taliban leader Mullah Omar [Reuters]

A suicide blast near a university in southern Afghanistan has killed at least seven civilians and left another 23 wounded, according to officials.

The attack happened in Kandahar city in front of Kandahar University, around two kilometres from the former compound of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, which is now used as a base by US special forces, provincial police chief General Abdul Razaq told AFP news agency on Monday.

"A suicide bomber in a car packed with explosives hit a civilian mini-bus while crossing the street, as a result of
the blast seven people were martyred, 23 others were wounded -- eight of them in a critical condition," said Raziq.

The provincial governor's spokesman Jawed Faisal confirmed the death toll and said most of the victims were Afghans working at the US base.

In a statement on twitter, the provincial governor's office said students at the university were on vacation at the time of the "cowardly attack".

The target of the blast is not known, but high-ranking government officials study at the university in the evenings.

Attacks in Kandahar, considered to be the birthplace of the Taliban, have been increasing recently.

The attack comes a day after a gunman wearing an Afghan police uniform killed three British soldiers in Helmand province.

The UK defence ministry has confirmed that all three NATO soldiers at the checkpoint were British.

The attacker was arrested after the incident.

236

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
The author argues that in the new economy, it's people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.
Colleagues of detained Al Jazeera journalists press demands for their release, 100 days after their arrest in Egypt.
Mehdi Hasan discusses online freedoms and the potential of the web with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
A tight race seems likely as 814 million voters elect leaders in world's largest democracy next week.
Featured
Activists say 'Honor Diaries' documentary exploits gender-based violence to further an anti-Islamic agenda.
As Syria's civil war escalates along the Turkish border, many in Turkey are questioning the country's involvement.
Treatment for autism in the region has progressed, but lack of awareness and support services remains a challenge.
The past isn't far away for a people exiled from Crimea by Russia and the decades it took to get home.
New report highlights plight of domestic helpers in the United Kingdom, with critics comparing it to kefala system.
join our mailing list