Taliban suicide bombers target a fuel depot in Kandahar
The Taliban launched a suicide attack against a fuel depot outside of Kandahar International Airport, which is run by a civilian contracting group. From The Associated Press:
Militants attacked a fuel tanker depot Monday outside the main international military base in southern Afghanistan, killing four people, officials said.
The assailants set off explosives that were packed in a minibus at the entrance of a compound operated by international contractor Supreme Group, according from a statement from the Kandahar governor's office. The compound is outside of Kandahar Air Field - the base of NATO and U.S. operations in the south.
Four private guards were killed in the fighting, said Salim Ahsas, the southern region police chief.
Attacks like this are usually carried out by Mullah Zakir's group, which is known as the Mullah Dadullah Front. This group is believed to be behind the recent wave of suicide attacks and assassinations in Kandahar.
Also, in Ghazni province, Taliban fighters attacked the Qarabagh district center, but failed to enter the government compound. From AFP:
The attack in the Qarabagh district of Ghazni province lasted about an hour and started when the Taliban launched two rockets at the district's administrative headquarters before opening fire on a police checkpoint nearby.
Police shot back, triggering a gun fight, but insurgents did not get inside the compound, Ghazni police chief Dilawar Zahid said. "Four militants and a policeman have been killed in the clash," Zahid said.