Three people, including a policeman and two suicide bombers, were killed and 19 more wounded in two separate suicide attacks in the southeastern Khost province on Friday.
The first attack was carried out in Khost City, capital of Khost province. In Afghanistan, majority of the provincial capitals are known by the name of that province.
Provincial police chief Mohammad Ayub said the attacker was a nomadic Kuchi who detonated the explosives fastened to his body in front of the police headquarters in Khost City.
Ayub said the explosion took place around 9am this morning. He said the bomber wanted to go inside the police headquarters. However, he exploded himself as the policemen at the entrance of the building stopped him for body search.
The police chief said only two policemen were wounded in the attack. But witnesses and hospital sources described the number of injured at 19
Fazal Ghani, a shopkeeper, told Pajhwok Afghan News he had seen several injured civilians, including a woman. Hospital sources said they had admitted 19 injured.
Public health director in the province Amir Badshah Mangal said the injured included five policemen, six traffic police and eight civilians. Condition of two of the wounded is stated to be serious.
A second suicide attack was carried out on Khost – Ghulam Khan road in the Gardez district of the same province. Security officials said the bomber was killed and a driver injured in the blast.
Police chief Ayub said the explosion took place around noon. The bomber was traveling in a taxi cab. The vehicle was stopped by police for search. In the meantime, the man detonated the explosives fastened to his body, said the police chief.
He said the bomber was killed and driver of the taxi cab wounded. However, the policemen remained unhurt.