Eight Killed, Scores Wounded in Afghan Suicide Car Bombing

Attack hit police base in Kandahar

A major suicide car bombing hit a Kandahar police base on Sunday night, killing at least eight people, including three civilians, and wounded around 40 others. Hospital officials say the wounded were split roughly in half between civilians and soldiers.

Details are still emerging, and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Kandahar is being contested by the Taliban recently, however, and a bombing attack on a security target is not an uncommon tactic for the Taliban.

Health officials warned that the death toll could yet rise further, as many of the wounded are in serious condition. Paramedics also continue to search the ruins, and may find more people buried under the buildings.

The bombing not only did major damage to the base, but also leveled several homes in the neighborhood. Those living in the area are where most of the civilian casualties came from.

Author: Jason Ditz

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