Suicide attack kills 12 in Afghanistan

The blasts occurred within 20 minutes of each other in Paktika province, said Gen Daud Andarabi, the spokesman for the regional police commander in southeastern Afghanistan.

Nawab Waziry, the head of Paktika’s provincial council, said both men wore police uniforms and made it through three security gates before reaching the main building on the police compound. One attacker denoted his explosives inside the police headquarters building, the other blew himself up near the entrance, he said.

“There are lots of casualties,” Waziry said.  The attack took place in one of the most violent areas of Afghanistan, where Nato and Afghan forces fight daily against the al-Qaeda linked Haqqani network. The area is about 92 miles south of Kabul and borders the Pakistani region of North Waziristan. It’s controlled largely by the network, a Pakistan-based Taliban faction.

The border region has long been a refuge for Islamist extremists from around the world and has been the target of numerous drone strikes against the Taliban, al-Qaeda and the Haqqani network forces.

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