Three Afghans killed in Kandahar city suicide attack

KABUL Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:06am EDT

1 of 2. Afghan policemen and security forces prepare to leave after a suicide bomb attack followed by a gun battle between the insurgents and U.S. and Afghan forces at a building used by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kandahar October 31, 2011.

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KABUL (Reuters) - Three Afghans including a police officer were killed in a suicide attack in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar early on Monday, the interior ministry said, two days after a deadly bombing in the capital.

Two others, among them another police officer, were wounded in the car bombing on Monday, near a building used by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

"We are aware of an explosion which took place earlier this morning in the vicinity of the UNHCR guest house," United Nations spokesman Dan McNorton said.

"All our international staff are accounted for ... the incident is still ongoing. We are working through our processes to make sure all our Afghan staff are safe."

The attack, around 480 km (300 miles) south of Kabul, is the latest in a string of lethal assaults in Afghanistan, many of which have targeted foreigners.

On Saturday, a suicide car bomber killed 13 troops and civilian employees of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, including Americans, Britons and a Canadian, in the deadliest single ground attack against the coalition in 10 years of war in Afghanistan.

Four Afghans were also killed in that attack.

Senior government officials from Afghanistan, its neighbors and its Western backers will meet this week in Istanbul to discuss regional security, a meeting which is likely to be complicated by Saturday's violence.

Foreign combat troops will leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Violence across the country is at its worst since the start of the war 10 years ago, according to the United Nations, despite the presence of more than 130,000 foreign troops.

(Reporting by Daniel Magnowski and Mirwais Harooni; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)

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vothmr wrote:
Taliban, when will you ever learn, you will never win the war. All your doing with these bombings is causing heartache and hatred to brew in the very people that you want to get on your side.

Oct 30, 2011 11:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
brian-decree wrote:

It seems to be working, because they are winning the war… and they ARE more popular than the imperialist invaders and the grossly corrupt government that leads with the support of less than 10% of the population.

Why do you think the ‘coalition’ (the US) is now desperate to negotiate with the Taliban??

Because they have completely lost control of the war, and they are in the worst position possible with no regional support, money or credibility ten years in…

Islamic fundamentalism is now hugely popular in Arab countries because of the US, more than ever in fact.

Oct 31, 2011 2:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Alamanach wrote:
@brian-decree: The Taliban are NOT popular. The current government is also unpopular, but that hasn’t engendered any love in the hearts of Afghans for the Taliban. I am in Kandahar City as I write this. I used to live at the compound that got hit today. My work has me interacting with both urban and rural Kandaharis all the time. As one Afghan businessman put it to me, “I can pay bribes to this government, or be beaten by the Taliban.” Neither is popular.

Personally, I agree with your assessment: I think they are winning. In a war, though, one never knows for sure until, suddenly, it’s over. So we will see. If our side wants to win, I believe we need to do two things: First, stop propping up this useless, corrupt government. We seem to believe that all Afghans are corrupt, which really just isn’t the case. Throw the bums out and keep throwing them out so that the honest Afghans out there can have a chance to get into the system. Second, quit administering aid programs as though centrally planned, command economies work. They don’t. Humanity learned that lesson last century. Use aid to engage with Afghans in a business-like manner; negotiate for something in return from the individual aid recipients. I did exactly that on one of my projects, and not only did the economies of those villages boom, seeing all kinds of unanticipated business and job creation, but we also won two villages away from Taliban control. Those villages remain on the side of the government to this day. That’s how we win.

Oct 31, 2011 4:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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