Suicide attack kills three, wounds dozen in Afghanistan

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Afghan security personnel seal off the site of a suicide attack near the diplomatic area of Kabul/ photo by AFP

At least three people were killed and more than a dozen wounded in multiple suicide bombings in Afghanistan on Saturday, Afghan officials said.

One suicide bomber detonated his explosives Shahdarak area of Kabul during the morning rush hour, killing at least one person and wounding six others, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP.

A security source who requested not to be named told AFP that the explosion happened near a compound belonging to the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Afghan intelligence agency. The NDS compound is located near the NATO headquarters and the US embassy. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack in Kabul.

In a separate attacks on Saturday in southern Helmand province, two suicide car bombs killed at least two soldiers and wounded more than a dozen others, Afghan officials said.

In the first incident, militants used a Humvee to attack an army base in Nad Ali district but the vehicle was destroyed when soldiers identified it and hit it with a rocket propelled grenade, provincial spokesman Omar Zawak told AFP.

“Unfortunately, two soldiers were killed in the attack and seven wounded,” he said.

The Nad Ali attack was followed by a second suicide car bombing in the provincial capital Lashkar Gah that wounded seven people. The Taliban claimed both attacks in Helmand.

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