October 10, 2005

Two blasts hit Kandahar, four Afghans killed

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Two explosions shook the
southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Monday, killing at least
four Afghans and wounding eight, police said.

Among the victims were a former senior factional commander,
Agha Shah, Kandahar police chief Colonel Mohammad Hakim said.

Body flesh of the victims from the first explosion was
strewn on the dusty road where the blast occurred, outside
Shah's house in a crowded area of Kandahar.

There were no details about the second blast which occurred
some hours after the first which went off during the morning
rush hour.

The blasts came a day after four British nationals, who
were on visit to help customs regulations in the restive
province, were wounded in a suicide attack close to the city
center. Kandahar was the bastion of the Taliban who U.S.-led
troops ousted from power in 2001.

"I can say now that at least four people, including Agha
Shah, have lost their lives in the explosion," Hakim said.

A Taliban commander claimed responsibility for the first
blast, but did not give any details.