Police chief in Afghan south survives insurgent truck bomb

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 28, 2012 1:21 AM
Police chief in Afghan south survives insurgent truck bomb

KANDAHAR (Reuters) - The chief of police in Afghanistan's Kandahar province has survived an insurgent truck-bomb attack which killed four civilians, a spokeswoman for NATO-led forces and Afghan officials said on Tuesday.

The attack in the southern city of Kandahar, the spiritual heartland of the Taliban, came barely a day after insurgents beheaded 17 party-goers in neighboring Helmand province, highlighting security problems in the region ahead of a 2014 withdrawal of most NATO combat troops.

"The Kandahar police chief was injured by a large explosion believed to be a vehicle-borne IED. He was taken to an ISAF facility for his injuries," the spokeswoman for the 120,000-strong International Security Assistance Force told Reuters.

General Abdul Raziq had been in a convoy late on Monday when the bomb, or improvised explosive device (IED), exploded, killing four civilians and wounding 24, Kandahar provincial government spokesman Jawed Faisal said.

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Raziq was slightly wounded on his hand and face, Faisal said, and was taken to hospital briefly.

An insurgent suicide bomber wearing a police uniform killed Raziq's predecessor, Khan Mohammad Mojayed, in April 2011, slipping past guards to enter a heavily guarded police compound in the city.

(Reporting by Rob Taylor; Editing by Robert Birsel)