KABUL, Afghanistan —
Witnesses and Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said a bomb has exploded
near police headquarters in the southern city of Kandahar.
Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary confirmed the midday blast Saturday.
He had no details on casualties or the size of the explosion.
Associated Press reporter nearby said the blast was followed by bursts
of automatic gunfire, and that Afghan police appear to be fighting
insurgents in an ongoing gunbattle.