Bombers target Kandahar governor

Police killed as up to three suicide bombers raid governor's compound.

    The governor was not hurt in the attack [EPA]

    "The first went into a container at the first checkpoint into the property where they check IDs. There he blew himself up.

    "The other two then ran on into the main area which went on to the second checkpoint which enters the main house and office of the governor. There they started firing and there was a second explosion.

    "It's believed the second suicide bomber blew himself up. We don't know the whereabouts of the third."

    An interior ministry spokesman said: "Three heroic policemen have been martyred and three others injured."

    Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban movement in the 1990s, is in a part of Afghanistan that has seen escalating attacks by the group, which was toppled from power by US-led forces in 2001.

    Tooryalai Wesa, Kandahar's governor and the target of Saturday's attack, is an Afghan-Canadian academic. He has held the post for less than a year.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    How the art world's hunger for ancient artefacts is destroying a centuries-old culture. A journey across the Himalayas.