Kabul: A suicide attacker on Friday blew up an
explosives-packed car while it was being inspected at a border
police checkpoint that had been set up in southern Afghanistan
because of a warning of an imminent attack, killing three
The explosion happened in Spin Boldak, near the Pakistani
border, in the early evening, said Gen Abdul Raziq, the head
of the border police in the south. Three officers and a
civilian were wounded, he said.
The checkpoint had been set up because of an intelligence
warning that an attack was imminent, provincial government
spokesman Zalmai Ayubi said.
In the increasingly violent north, meanwhile, NATO and
Afghan forces killed 13 insurgents in an overnight operation
targeting local Taliban leaders.
Northern Afghanistan has become more insecure over the
past year as insurgents facing pressure from NATO troops in
their southern strongholds have pushed into pockets in the
The joint raid in Faryab province began late yesterday,
said Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai, a spokesman for Afghan police in
the north. One police officer was killed in the operation, he
NATO said in a statement that the forces were searching
for Taliban leaders in Ghormach and Qaisar districts. The
coalition did not say whether any of the insurgents targeted
in the raid were captured or killed.