Suicide attack by Taliban killed at least six Afghan police officials

A suicide bomber drove an explosives-packed Humvee into a police compound in Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least six officers and destroying a building, officials said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the pre-dawn attack on the Maiwand district police headquarters in the southern province of Kandahar. It was the latest deadly assault by the insurgents, who have been increasingly targeting security installations.

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The vehicle was carrying an estimated 3,000 kilograms of explosives, Maiwand district police chief Sultan Mohammad told AFP — roughly twice the number of explosives used in a massive truck bomb in Kabul in May which killed around 150 people.

“Our latest toll shows that we have six police officers martyred and five wounded,” Mohammad said, adding the figures could change.

Kandahar police spokesman Ghorzang Afridi confirmed the death toll.

“All the victims were local policemen,” Afridi told AFP.

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