Car Bomb Kills 3 At Aid Office In Afghanistan

Published January 26, 2012 7:36AM (EST)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An official says a suicide car bomber targeting aid workers has killed at least three people in southern Afghanistan.

Daud Ahmadi, spokesman for Helmand province, says the bomber slammed into the gates of a building housing the aid workers and nearly destroyed the structure. He says 31 people were wounded in Thursday's attack in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital.

Helmand has been one of the most volatile areas in the Taliban insurgency's pushback against a U.S.-led initiative to bring southern Afghanistan under greater control of the central Afghan government.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Officials say a rocket fired by Taliban insurgents has killed a woman and her child in eastern Afghanistan.

President Hamid Karzai and NATO's commander for Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, condemned the insurgents on Thursday for firing the rocket in Kapisa province.

The provincial governor's chief of staff, Abdul Sabor Wafa, says insurgents fired a mortar round during a battle with Afghan army soldiers trying to clear militants from a stronghold in Alasay district on Wednesday.

He says the mortar hit a civilian house, killing a woman and her daughter and wounding at least six others.

Allen called the violence a "deliberate attack on the people of Afghanistan." The NATO statement quoting Allen did not mention any battle in the area at the time.

By Salon Staff

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