A dead body of suicide bomber lays on the ground in Shirpoor area of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Feb. 24, 2013. Afghan security forces shot dead two would-be suicide bombers on Sunday morning, thus foiling a terror attack in Shirpoor area, a diplomatic enclave in capital Kabul, police said. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)
KABUL, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Up to eight people including four militants were killed in separate violent attacks in Afghanistan on Sunday, authorities said.
In capital city of Kabul, Afghan security forces shot dead a would-be suicide bomber, foiling a potential terror attack in a busy diplomatic enclave. "The militant driving a four-wheel drive car crammed with explosive tried to target the entrance of a National Directorate of Security (NDS) office building in Shirpoor area,"deputy police chief Daud Amin told reporters near the site of the shooting.
The booby-trapped car later was safely defused by NDS and police bomb disposal squad, Amin said.
The incident took place at about 9:15 a.m. local time in Shirpoor where several foreign embassies and houses of high- ranking official are located.
Amin also denied earlier reports that two militants were involved in the attack, adding that no member of NDS or intelligence service or civilian were harmed in the shooting.
Earlier Sunday, one policeman was killed and one wounded when a suicide attacker rammed his explosive-laden minibus into the entrance of Afghan Civil Order Police compound in the eastern Logar province, some 60 km south of Kabul.
The bomber was killed right on the spot in the attack which occurred at Qala-i-Juma, an area in vicinity of provincial capital Pul-e-Alam at about 7 a.m. local time. "The blast martyred a policeman and damaged a number of civilian houses nearby but no civilian was hurt in the attack," provincial police chief Abdul Saboor Nasrati told Xinhua.
In neighboring Nangarhar province, two NDS service members were killed and three were wounded when a car bomb hit a NDS agency building in provincial capital Jalalabad, a provincial police spokesman Hazrat Hossein Mashriqiwal told Xinhua.
Earlier in the morning, a policeman died when an attacker, who indented to target the district police headquarters in Baraki Barak district of Logar province, detonated his suicide jacket after being intercepted by police, according to Nasrati.
Following Sunday's bombings, the Taliban insurgent group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The Taliban, who ruled the country before they were ousted by a U.S.-led invasion in late 2001, renewed armed insurgency, staging ambush and suicide attacks, killing combatants as well as civilians.
The latest bombing attack underscores the challenges that Afghan army and police faced as they struggle to provide security across the country before assuming the full operational lead by spring this year and the departure of all U.S. and NATO forces by the end of next year.
The war-weary Afghans had expressed concerns over the capability of their national security forces in maintaining security while Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his high-ranking military officials on several occasions displayed their confidence in the country's army and police in protecting civilians.
KABUL, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Afghan security forces shot dead two would-be suicide bombers on Sunday morning, thus foiling a terror attack in Shirpoor area, a diplomatic enclave in capital Kabul, police said.
"Two militants were killed inside an explosive-packed four- wheel drive car shortly after they tried to approach the entrance of an office building of intelligence agency or National Security Directorate (NDS) at around 9:15 a.m. local time Sunday," a police official told Xinhua anonymously. Full story