Kandahar: Car Bomb in Daman Wounds 22 Civilians, 9 Police

A car bomb exploded near the Daman district police HQ and the governor’s compound in southern Kandahar, wounding over 30 people–and at least 22 civilians–and the police chief, local officials said.

At least nine police including the chief Abdul Wadoud, two National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel, seven employees at the district governor’s compound and at least 15 other civilians were wounded in the blast, said Bahir Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

Jamal Barakzai, a spokesman for the provincial police chief, said the police HQ building was also damaged in the blast.

No group, including the Taliban, has yet claimed responsibility for the blast.

This comes as a suicide bomber attempting to target a security forces compound with a Humvee in Zherai district of Kandahar on Monday afternoon was neutralized by security forces before reaching its target, local police said.

There were no casualties from the blast, the police added.