Afghan suicide blast kills Kandahar police chief

The police chief of southern Afghanistan`s Kandahar province has been killed in a suicide attack at the city`s police headquarters, officials said.

Updated: Apr 15, 2011, 23:25 PM IST

Kandahar: The police chief of southern
Afghanistan`s Kandahar province has been killed in a suicide
attack at the city`s police headquarters, officials said.

"A suicide attacker detonated himself at the police
headquarters. The police chief has been martyred," provincial
spokesman Zalmai Ayubi said.

The deputy police chief of Kandahar said that the
attack on his boss, Khan Mohammad Mujahid, had also injured
two other Afghan police officers.

"The suicide attacker had strapped explosives to
his body," deputy chief Shir Shah said.

"He detonated himself at the gate of Kandahar
police headquarters. Police chief Khan Mohammad Mujahid has
been martyred, (and) two policemen have been injured."

Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban, a focus
for foreign-led troops battling the rebels` nearly decade-long
insurgency, and the scene of frequent attacks against police
and officials.

The killing is the latest in a string of attacks on
the 120,000-strong police force, who are due to take on more
responsibility for security ahead of the scheduled withdrawal
of international combat troops in 2014.

Last month, the police chief of the northern
province of Kunduz was killed in a suicide bombing claimed by
the Taliban.

Last week six Afghan security personnel were killed
as Taliban gunmen detonated a bomb hidden in an ambulance
during an attack on a police centre near Kandahar.

In February, 19 people, including 15 police and an
intelligence agent, were killed in an attack on a police
office.

PTI