Heart: Militants armed with guns and
suicide vests stormed government buildings in a remote
southwest Afghan city Wednesday, setting off multiple explosions,
the provincial governor said.
Police said two officers were killed in the coordinated
attack on Zaranj, where witnesses reported gunbattles between
police and militants in government offices.
"Five suicide bombers detonated their bombs around the
governor`s office. One suicide bomber was shot dead," said a
police officer who asked not be named.
"Two police officers have been killed. There might be
more casualties," added the officer, speaking from the scene
of the attack.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on the
capital of Nimroz province, which shares a border with Helmand
-- the volatile vortex of the insurgency that has been
blighting Afghanistan for more than eight years.
"We sent six suicide bombers and three other attackers.
They have attacked several government buildings, including the
governor`s office," said Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi.
"The fighting is still going on."
Provincial governor Ghulam Dastagir Azad said seven
blasts rocked the city.
"Police are engaged with the attackers in five or six
locations, including the provincial council and provincial
court," he told AFP.
Witness Ahmed Khan told AFP he had heard several
explosions in the provincial capital and gunfire from the