Bombs kill 9, wound 70 in Afghanistan
May 17, 2013 -- Updated 1814 GMT (0214 HKT)
- At least nine people were killed and more than 70 were injured in Kandahar city
- Two vehicles detonated simultaneously when an Afghan police car was passing
- There was no claim of responsibility, the incident comes amid Taliban's spring offensive
(CNN) -- At least nine people were killed and more than 70 were injured when two Toyota Corollas exploded in southern Afghanistan late Friday, a government official said.
Three police officers were among those killed in the blasts, which occurred in Kandahar city, Jawid Faisal, a spokesman for the governor of southern Kandahar province said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The incident comes amid the Taliban's spring offensive.
It follows a day of carnage in Kabul on Thursday, when six Americans working with NATO's International Security Assistance Force were killed and many Afghans were killed and injured in an attack on a coalition convoy.
The explosives-packed vehicles detonated simultaneously Friday when an Afghan National Police vehicle was passing the area, Faisal said. A large number of people had gathered for a picnic and were leaving the site when the vehicles exploded, he said.
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