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Suicide bombers strike Afghan governor's compound

THREE suicide bombers struck the governor's compound of Afghanistan's southern Kandahar Province today, killing at least five policemen, officials said.

Provincial council head Ahmad Wali Karzai, who is the brother of President Hamid Karzai, said at least three policemen were wounded in the blasts, in addition to the five killed.

Abdul Aziz, a police officer at the scene whose hands and clothes were covered in blood stains, said he had personally carried more than 10 wounded policemen to ambulances.

The first bomber had blown himself up at the gate and the other two made it inside, where they were fired on by police, Aziz said. It was not clear whether they blew themselves up or their vests detonated as a result of the gunfire, he added.

Canadian troops from a NATO-led security force cordoned off the road leading to the compound.

Kandahar, birthplace of the Taliban movement in the 1990s, is in a part of the country that has seen escalating attacks by the militants who were driven from the capital Kabul by US-backed Afghan forces in 2001.


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