Bomber enters Afghan police chief compound but misses

January 11, 2012 15:48


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KANDAHAR CITY, Afghanistan - A teenage suicide bomber managed to slip through tight security into police headquarters in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province on Wednesday, but blew himself up before he could reach the police chief he was targeting, authorities said.

A policeman was wounded in the attack, which came less than a year after a suicide bomber successfully killed previous Kandahar police chief Khan Mohammad Mujahid in his compound, an attack the Taliban said they had ordered.

The assault raises concerns about security in an area that was the birthplace of the Taliban and has been a focus of efforts by a surge of U.S. troops to boost Afghan government control in the south.

"The 15-year-old boy had a letter for me and wanted to meet me," police chief Abdul Raziq told reporters.

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