Kabul: Afghan police shot dead three suicide
bombers attempting to target mayoral offices in the east of
the country on Sunday, but a car bomb set up for the attack blew
up, killing one worker, an official said.
"At around noon, three suicide attackers with an
explosives-packed vehicle tried to enter the municipality
building in Gardez and target the city hall, but they were
stopped and killed by the police," Rohullah Samoon, spokesman
for Paktia provincial governor said.
He said the attackers left their bomb-rigged vehicle,
which detonated before foreign troops were able to arrive to
defuse it, killing one worker.
The eastern region of Afghanistan has been the focus of
US-led NATO efforts in recent weeks, shifting from Taliban
strongholds in the south towards the restive wild border with
Pakistan where senior militants hold sway.
The United Nations says that violent incidents in the
10-year conflict were up by nearly 40 percent in the first
eight months of this year compared to a year earlier.
Suicide attacks made up a greater proportion of the
violence, with three such attacks reported each month in 2011,
50 percent more than last year.
NATO`s International Security Assistance Force disputes
the figures, saying that by its tally violence is down by two
percent over the same period.