Kandahar Clash Leaves 9 Killed and 12 Wounded

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In two separate clashes between armed attackers and the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in Kandahar province four civilians and five policemen were killed and 12 others were wounded.

Local officials in Kandahar said that on Wednesday at about 11 a.m. two suicide bombers entered two buildings located in front of the Kandahar police headquarter and governor's office and started firing at the buildings.

Eyewitness said, "These men were in a vehicle transporting pipes when the vehicle stopped and the attackers got out and started attacking."

Kandahar Police Chief says that of the suicide bombers, three detonated their explosives while 19 other insurgents fought for over an hour.

"Our security forces were able to kill 22 insurgents in less than an hour and a half, with lower casualties on our end," said Governor of Kandahar, Toryalai Weesa.

Meanwhile, Kandahar Police Chief, Gen. Abdul Razaq, said that there are chances that some of the militants were Pakistani citizens.

"Among these attackers were people who might be Pakistani because their faces and language were different and chances are that they were Punjabi," Gen.

Razaq said. "We are investigating their documents."

Taliban have accepted the responsibility of the attack and claim to have harmed security forces during the attack.

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