Friday, July 29, 2011

At least 28 people killed in multiple attacks in southern Afghanistan

A Taliban commander attacked various government buildings Thursday in the Afghan province of Uruzgan in southern Afghanistan in an assault that has left at least 28 dead and thirty wounded, officials said. Among the dead, is the BBC reporter Ahmad Omid Khpolwak. The multiple attack, carried out by a yet unspecified number of insurgents, began around noon in the town of Tarinkot, capital of Uruzgan.

"The militants have attacked the governor, the sheriff and other charges and official sites in the capital," said Ahmad Milad Fashions, regional government spokesman. A government official who preferred anonymity, said seven blasts occurred in different parts of the city, including the offices of governor and the police headquarters.

In the police headquarters there were three explosions, two of them caused by suicide bombers, he declared a member of the security forces, the commander Matiulá, the Afghan agency AIP. The Taliban attack in Uruzgan comes the day after the suicide bombing that killed the mayor of the neighboring Kandahar, Ghulam Haider Hamidi, a new step of the Taliban strategy to put in their sights to high public office.

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