Suicide attackers shot dead in Afghan town: Official
Last Updated: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 14:25
  
Kandahar (Afghanistan): Two suicide attackers were shot dead today as they attempted to enter the compound of a US-linked international aid organisation in a southern Afghan town, an official said.

The bombers were wearing explosives-packed vests and were killed at the gates of International Relief and Development (IRD) in Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province, provincial spokesman Daud Ahmadi told.

"The two suicide bombers were shot and killed by the IRD guards, luckily their explosives did not explode," Ahmadi said.

Lashkar Gah is 20 kilometres (12 miles) away from a major US-led offensive in Helmand province, testing a new counter-insurgency strategy aimed at wiping out the Taliban and drug-trafficking cartels.

IRD implements projects on behalf of the US Agency for International Development, Ahmadi said, including helping farmers market their products, improving food security and other agriculture-related projects.

Helmand is a hotbed for the Taliban, who have been waging an increasingly virulent insurgency since their regime was overthrown in the 2001 US-led invasion following the September 11 attacks on the United States.

The United States and NATO are raising to 150,000 the number of foreign troops in Afghanistan by August under a strategy marrying military and civilian efforts to eradicate the militant presence and establish Afghan sovereignty.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 14:25


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