KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber wearing an Afghan police uniform detonated an explosive-laden vest in a police dining room on Friday in the country's volatile south, killing 12 police in an apparent insider attack, local officials said.
The bombing took place inside a police reserve unit dining room in Trinkot, in Uruzgan province, on Friday afternoon, when dozens of officers were having lunch ahead of the important Friday prayer session.
"Police were having lunch when a man with police uniform detonated his suicide vest, killing 12 police and wounding five. Four of those are in critical condition," said Farid Haeel, a spokesman for the provincial police chief.
The Taliban have promised to attack Afghan forces as well as NATO-led forces still in the country, and earlier this year said insider attacks would be a central tactic used over the summer fighting months.