Twin Suicide Bombing Targets Afghan Tribal Elders, Kills 5

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in southern Afghanistan say a twin suicide attack has killed five people and wounded at least 15 others.

Authorities say the two bombers attacked a meeting of tribal elders at a government compound Sunday in the town of Spin Boldak in Kandahar province.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. There were no reports of foreign troops at the site.

Since the U.S.-led toppling of the Taliban government in 2001, Kandahar has remained one of the country's most violent areas. The province is the spiritual home of the Taliban and shares a porous border with Pakistan.

Insurgent fighters are able to cross the border there from Pakistan, and it is a smuggling route for weapons and narcotics.