Kandahar: A suicide attack killed at least
six people on Thursday at Kandahar international airport in southern
Afghanistan, one of the deadliest flashpoints in a 10-year
war, police said.
"Six civilians were killed in a suicide attack close to
the gates of Kanadahar airport today," said Kandahar police
chief General Abdul Razeq.
The Taliban, the militia leading a 10-year insurgency
against the Afghan government and tens of thousands of NATO
troops, claimed responsibility.
Spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the target was "the
bullet-proof vehicles of foreign forces".
The army commander for southern Afghanistan, General
Hamid Wardak, said earlier that three civilians died in the
attack, which was "on foreign special forces at the entrance
gate of Kandahar international airport".
A spokesman for NATO forces in Afghanistan said there
were no casualties among foreign troops in what he called a
"vehicle-born suicide attack".
The Taliban, toppled in late 2001 in a US-led invasion,
are waging an insurgency against the government and US-led
forces, who have some 130,000 troops in the impoverished and
The hardliners announced earlier this month that they
planned to set up a political office in Qatar, widely seen as
a move towards peace negotiations with Washington and its
A key US demand for any progress in negotiations is that
the Taliban abandon violence and break with Al-Qaeda and other
Kandahar is the spiritual capital of the Taliban and
southern Afghanistan is a key battleground that continues to
see persistent violence despite a surge of US troops in 2010