Top cop escapes suicide blast

 18 Jun 2013 - 15:15


Policemen inspect the site of the suicide car bombing in Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan yesterday.

KABUL: The police chief of Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand yesterday escaped an assassination attempt when a suicide bomber crashed a explosives-laden car with his vehicle.

Deputy Governor Ahmad Massoud Bakhtawar said that the incident took place at the Latif Square of Lashkar Gah at around 7am when Nabi Ilham was on his way to office.

He escaped unhurt because he was travelling in a bullet-proof vehicle. However, two guards and a civilian were wounded, Bakhtawar added.

Security officials said that Ilham’s armoured car was badly damaged. “The blast hit the second vehicle in the convoy and hurt three people.”

Helmand has been a hotbed of insurgency that erupted after the Taliban were toppled from power in a 2001 US-led invasion.    AFP