Bombing targets Afghan interior ministry building, 6 killed

The ministry confirmed it had been attacked after blasts were reported, six police officers killed

Bombing targets Afghan interior ministry building, 6 killed

World Bulletin / News Desk

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Afghan interior ministry building in the centre of Kabul on Wednesday, killing six and wounding several police officers, the ministry said in a statement.

"A suicide bomber wearing a military uniform ... detonated his explosives at the main gate of the interior ministry," it said.  At least four policemen were killed, a ministry spokesman said.

"Unfortunately four of our policemen were martyred and so far we have no one wounded. It happened outside the main gate... The bomber tried to enter our human resources department," the spokesman said.

"As soon as the bomber saw some policemen he detonated his explosives. It was impossible for him to enter the facility with the suicide vest."

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in an e-mail, saying the bomber had penetrated a third ring of security at the ministry before setting off the blast.

TALIBAN KILL ELECTION CANDIDATE

An Afghan election candidate abducted on Sunday by Taliban gunmen has been found dead.

Hussain Nazari and nine others in his entourage were abducted by militants in the northern city of Sar-i Pul on their way back from an election campaign in Balhab town, local governor Abduljabbar Haqbin told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.

He said the country’s security forces were planning a raid to free the men when they learned of their deaths.

"Their bodies were found in an open field," the governor said.

The Taliban on Monday had claimed responsibility for their abduction.

Nazari was standing for a seat in a provincial council in Afghanistan's north.

Afghans will go to polls on Saturday to replace President Hamid Karzai and to decide the formation of 34 provincial councils amid Taliban attempts to scare people from voting.

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