Suicide Bomber Attacks Police Station

Tuesday, March 27th 2007, 7:11 am
By: News On 6

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) _ A suicide bomber on foot disguised in an army uniform blew himself up outside a police station in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing four policemen and wounding at least one, a police chief said.

The bomber, who was wearing an Afghan National Army uniform, tried to enter the police headquarters in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, before being challenged by police at the gate, said Ghulam Nabi Mulakhail, the province's police chief.

The bomber, who tried to use the official entrance into the building, told the guards he needed to see the police chief before guards asked to search him, he said.

``That is when he exploded himself,'' Mulakhail said.

Initially, Abdul Manan Khan, another police official, said the blast wounded at least seven policemen and civilians. Mulakhail, however, said no civilians were hurt.

In eastern Afghanistan, suspected Taliban militants attacked Afghan security forces in Khost province near the border with Pakistan, and an ensuing clash left six militants dead, said Gen. Mohammad Ayub, the province's police chief.

One woman was wounded by shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade, fired by militants, Ayub said. There were no casualties among Afghan soldiers or police.