Bomb blast kills four on Afghan-Pakistan border: Police

Published: March 7, 2012

Officials blamed the attack in the town of Spin Boldak in Kandahar province on the hardline Taliban.

KANDAHAR: Four civilians were killed and 10 injured Wednesday when a remotely controlled motorbike bomb exploded in an Afghan town on the border with Pakistan, police said.

Officials blamed the attack in the town of Spin Boldak in Kandahar province on the hardline Taliban, who are waging a 10-year insurgency against the Western-backed government in Kabul.

“There was a motorbike bomb blast against border police in Spin Boldak. Four civilians, one of them a woman, were killed and 10 others were injured,” said Janan, a rapid-reaction police unit commander who uses only one name.

The interior ministry confirmed the deaths and blamed the blast on the “enemies of Afghanistan” – a reference to the Taliban.

Improvised bombs and suicide attacks are the most common weapons used in Taliban attacks. The rebels are particularly active in southern and eastern Afghanistan, along the rugged and mountainous border with Pakistan.

Afghan leaders accuse Pakistan of secretly helping the Taliban by providing hideouts and training facilities in secret camps across the border.

Pakistan denies the accusations and says it has lost around 3,000 soldiers fighting a local Taliban insurgency in the northwestern border areas with Afghanistan.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Yasir Qureshi
    Mar 8, 2012 - 3:22PM

    Improvised explosive devices strike again.


  • Murtaza Elahi
    Mar 8, 2012 - 3:23PM

    EU will be providing Pakistan with modern technology to assist us in stopping the destruction caused by the use of improvised explosive devices by the terrorists.


  • Farooq Hussain
    Mar 8, 2012 - 3:23PM

    Improvised explosive devices are the new “bombs”. The only way to stop terrorism is to stop the production of IEDs.


  • Afghan Karachiti
    Mar 9, 2012 - 8:24PM

    Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are not new, it’s just a new term used mainly by the NATO. Every single “bomb” is called IED in Afghanistan, whether that be a land mine or TNT rods attached to an electric circuit. IEDs are not something unconventional, it’s just another term for bombs.


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