Twin bombs kill one, wound 9 at Afghan checkpoint

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 15:44

Kabul: An Afghan official says two bombs have exploded at a checkpoint outside a provincial governor`s compound in the country`s east, killing at least one police officer. Nine people have been wounded in the blasts.

The explosions struck early today in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province. The first bomb wounded a policeman.

The second was remotely detonated minutes later as police swarmed to the scene to secure it. It killed one police officer and wounded five policemen and three civilians.

The governor`s spokesman, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, says authorities are investigating how insurgents were able to plant the bombs despite heavy security near the governor`s compound.
Taliban militants have been ramping up attacks on government forces lately, seeking to destabilise Afghanistan as more foreign troops prepare to withdraw.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 15:44

comments powered by Disqus