PULI ALAM, Afghanistan: At least 13 people, including women and children, were killed in an explosion on Sunday as Taleban militants prepared a car bomb in southern Afghanistan, officials said.
The explosives detonated prematurely as they were being placed in a car in a house in Puli Alam, the capital of Logar province, deputy provincial police chief Abdul Wali Toofan told AFP.
“Nine Taleban, including Pakistanis, plus two women and two children were killed,” he said. “They wanted to fill the car with explosives and detonate it in a busy part of the city, but it exploded in their house.”
Din Mohammad Darvish, the Logar provincial spokesman, told AFP that the house was destroyed by the blast and no one inside had survived. Afghan forces are responsible for security during the election as NATO-led combat troops complete their withdrawal from the country by the end of the year.
Also in Kandahar, 12 Taleban escaped from the 1,200-inmate Kandahar Prison after a prison employee falsely put their names on a list of detainees who were scheduled for release, Durrani said.
The men walked out of the prison and the prison employee has disappeared, he said. Two of the 12 have been recaptured, he said. Kandahar Prison has seen spectacular escapes in the past. In 2011, more than 450 prisoners, many of them Taleban fighters, tunneled their way out of the prison and fled in buses that had been dispatched to collect them.
Southern Afghanistan, and Kandahar in particular, has been the site of some of the heaviest fighting in the protracted Afghan conflict.