Friday, July 22, 2011

11 dead as Kandahar clashes enter 2nd day

Nearly a dozen people, including six suicide bombers, were killed and another 44 injured as clashes between security forces and militants entered a second day in southern Kandahar province on Sunday, officials said.

The insurgents, using heavy and light weapons, on Saturday launched a wave of attacks on government offices at 1pm in Kandahar City. Trade fire between attackers and security forces continued until Sunday morning, with the insurgents firing and throwing hand grenades at the governor's house and other government departments.

A doctor at the Mirwais hospital, wishing anonymity, confirmed receiving two dead bodies and 46 injured people at the hospital. Three seriously injured people died of their wounds at the hospital on Sunday, he said. The dead included three civilians and two security personnel, he said.

Helicopters of foreign troops were seen hovering over the city and firing at trenches of attackers. (more)