A suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle at the entrance of a government building in western Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 14 people, including a four-year-old girl, Pakistan media reported quoting police officials.
The bomber struck at the gate of the Guzara district building in Herat province, a government facility filled with people conducting business in the morning. The building is on the road to the Herat airport and just a few miles from the center of Herat city, the country's second most populous and a relatively peaceful area in the past.
"It was a suicide car bomb and the bomber used a SURF vehicle packed with explosives," said Noor Khan Nikzad, spokesman for the provincial police chief, describing the four-wheel-drive sport utility vehicle used in the attack.
The dead included three police officers and a four-year-old girl. Another 22 people were wounded in the attack.
A police intelligence unit was tracking the vehicle's movements and called for it to stop, but the driver ignored the instructions. "When we told them to stop they sped up, and as they approached the entrance, the police started to fire on them and the bombers blew themselves up," he said. There were two suspects in the vehicle, one in male clothes and the other in female outfits, "but we cannot tell if it was really a woman," the spokesman added.
by RTT Staff Writer
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