Ghazni police chief escapes mine blast (Afghanistan)

GHAZNI CITY: Police chief of the southern Ghazni province Friday escaped a mine blast while on way from the central capital Kabul to the province, officials said.


Abdul Rahman Sarjang, provincial police chief, was going to Ghazni from Kabul when a roadside landmine exploded at one of his escort vehicles. As a result, his three bodyguards were injured while the vehicle was destroyed.

Speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News, Sarjang said it was a remote-controlled explosion that took place around 10am. He said the blast hit a police vehicle coming behind his car and hence he remained unhurt.

He added the local police arrested a number of people on basis of suspicion to find a clue to the attackers. They are presently under investigations. He described the attack as handiwork of enemies of the state, the term Afghan officials use for Taliban. But the latter so far did not issue any statement about the blast.
Meanwhile, an explosion rocked the Samarkhel district of the eastern Nangarhar province last night but no casualties were reported. Pajhwok's Peshawar correspondent, quoting a resident of Batikot and tribal elder Sharif, said they had heard the blast followed by gun shots but no reports about casualties.

Sharif said the blast took place around 10pm in the Samarkhel district, 10 kilometres east of the provincial capital of Jalalabad. He said tankers supplying fuel to US forces, were using the route in the night.

Von: 6.5.2006 by Zahid/Hamim Jalalzai, Pajhwok Afghan News

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