24 killed in separate Afghan bombing, shooting attacks
At least 24 people were killed and 39 others wounded in four bombing and shooting attacks in southern Afghanistan, dpa reported quoting officials as said Monday.
Gunmen begin attacking in three locations in Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan, sparking a two-hour gunfight with Afghan security forces.
"Fourteen attackers, some of them equipped with explosive suicide vests, were killed in today's gunfight with Afghan forces," Kandahar Governor Toryalai Weesa told a news conference after the gunfight ended.
The first attack began when three assailants - part of the group of 14 - triggered a bomb on a motorbike, killing themselves and two children. Minutes later, several others attacked Kandahar's police headquarters and a private bank.
Weesa said that three policemen were killed in attacks while 24 other, including 18 police officers, were wounded.The response operation for Monday's attacks was handled by Afghan national security forces, with no outside assistance, another official with the local government office said.
The shooting was followed by two explosions at the entrance of the headquarters.The Taliban militants took responsibility for attacks in Kandahar city.
In neighbouring Helmand province, three civilians and two police officials were killed and 15 were wounded in a bomb blast, said Dawood Ahmadi, the governor's spokesman.
"The blast took place Sunday night, close to a police checkpoint in Gereshk district," he said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the Helmand attack, claiming to have killed 15 people.