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Most of the dead and wounded are police officers, a government says

The attack targets a district police office

CNN  — 

A suicide bomber attacked a district police office in southern Afghanistan Thursday morning, killing four police officers and one civilian and wounding six others, the Kandahar governor’s office said.

The suicide car bombing took place at the front gate to the police chief’s office compound in the Arghistan district.

Armed insurgents are carrying out these suicide attacks because they have been defeated in other areas in face-to-face fighting, a statement from the governor’s office said.