Afghan minister wounded by bomb

Afghanistan's information minister has been wounded by a bomber who drove his truck into the minister's vehicle in the southern city of Kandahar, the governor of the province said.

Afghan minister wounded by bomb
Afghanistan's information minister has been wounded by a bomber who drove his truck into the minister's vehicle in the southern city of Kandahar, the governor of the province said.

The bomber rammed the armoured convoy, also wounding Assadullah Khalid, the governor of Kandahar province.

It was the third attack in Kandahar on Thursday.

Three civilians were killed, but the minister, Karim Khurram, suffered only facial wounds and was treated in hospital, Khalid told reporters.

Khalid said: "I am fine, but the information minister is wounded."

Security forces cordoned off the site of the attack.

Earlier, two bombs tore through the Kandahar about 30 minutes apart, killing seven police officers and security guards, police said.

About half an hour later, as police and reporters gathered at the site, a second bomb exploded metres away.

The ministry said: "It took place as the security chief with his investigation team arrived at the site.

"The explosion killed three, including a police officer and two policemen."

A policeman at the scene, Mohammad Jan, said four officers were wounded including the security chief, who is also the deputy provincial police chief, Abdul Hakim Angar.

An Al Jazeera news producer was slightly wounded.
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