Suicide attack on provincial governor's compound in Afghanistan kills 7

Story highlights

  • The attack takes place at the compound of the provincial governor of Farah
  • The governor and his deputy is unharmed, an official says
  • No group claimed responsibility immediately

Suicide attackers with explosives stormed a governor's compound in southwestern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing themselves and seven people, officials said.

The attack took place at the compound of the provincial governor of Farah, said Abdul Rauf Ahmadi, a regional police spokesman.

The governor and the deputy governor were unharmed, he said.

When the attackers raided the compound, they met with resistance from police and were forced to detonate their explosives before they could reach the governor's office, Ahmadi said.

Six police officers and a civilian died in the attack. Twelve others, including three policemen, were wounded, he said.

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No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. But the Taliban is active in Farah province, which borders Iran.

Last month, a Taliban attack in the province killed eight policemen.

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