Suicide squad targets Afghan police academy: Ministry

Three militants wearing bomb-filled vests and armed with guns attacked an Afghan police training centre in Kandahar.

Updated: Jun 07, 2010, 21:51 PM IST

Kandahar: Three militants wearing bomb-filled vests and armed with guns attacked an Afghan police training centre in Kandahar on Monday, but there were no other casualties, an official said.

One of the rebels blew himself up alongside the wall of
the facility in a bid to punch open a route for his comrades
in the southern province, interior ministry spokesman Zemarai
Bashary said to a news agency in capital Kabul.

The two others were shot dead by police guards outside
the centre near Kandahar city, the spokesman said.

"We had three suicide bombers killed. We had zero
casualties," Bashary said, adding that the bombers failed to
penetrate the walled training centre.

There was no claim for the bombing but similar attacks
have in the past been blamed on the Taliban, which is leading
a nearly nine-year insurgency to bring down the Western-backed
government and evict 130,000 US-led foreign troops.

Kandahar is the focus of a mounting US-led push against
the Taliban in their spiritual homeland, as part of a
counter-insurgency strategy that US President Barack Obama
hopes can allow American troops to start withdrawing next
year.

PTI