Suicide bomber kills 5 in western Afghanistan

September 11, 2012 2:49:29 AM PDT
Afghan police say a suicide bomber has blown himself up in western Afghanistan, killing five civilians.

Noor Khan Nikzad, a spokesman for the police chief in Herat province, says the Tuesday afternoon explosion in Kushki Kuhna district also wounded six civilians.

He says the target of the attack was a local community leader named Abdul Hakim. Hakim and the four other victims were killed when the bomber detonated his explosives after he walked into a shop.

Western Afghanistan is one of the more peaceful areas of the country but it has been the scene of a rising number of attacks in recent years.


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