A suicide bomber drove an explosives-packed Humvee into a police headquarters in Afghanistan on Friday killing at least six officers and wounding four others, officials said.
The Taliban claimed the pre-dawn attack in Maiwand district in the southern province of Kandahar in the latest deadly assault by the insurgents, who have been increasingly targeting security installations.
Kandahar police spokesman Ghorzang Afridi said the assault killed six people and wounded four others.
“All the victims were local policemen,” Afridi told AFP.
“The explosion was very loud and you could hear the sound of the blast miles away from the headquarters,” a local police officer told AFP on the condition of anonymity.
However, he put the death toll at eight with nine others wounded.
“The eight policemen who were killed have been removed or pulled out from under the rubble, and there were other policemen who went missing following the attack,” the officer said.
The Taliban have stepped up attacks on security installations as they seek to demoralize police and troops, and steal equipment to fuel the 16-year insurgency.