Roadside bomb kills 10, wounds 28 in Afghanistan

By the Associated Press | May 24, 2011 | 2:08 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan doctor says a roadside bombing has killed 10 workers and wounded 28 on their way to work in southern Afghanistan.

Dr. Qayoum Pakhla, the director of Kandahar Hospital, has told The Associated Press that the attack happened on Tuesday morning in Kandahar province.

The workers were laborers riding in a truck on their way to work, which involves clearing streams and rivers in the southern province.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Insurgents in Afghanistan have recently began their spring offensive.

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan police say a deputy intelligence chief has survived an attempted suicide bombing. The attack was claimed by the Taliban.

A Kabul police statement says Ahmad Ziad's bodyguards opened fire on a suspicious sport utility vehicle coming at the convoy carrying the deputy chief of the National Directorate for Security on Tuesday morning.

It says the gunfire wounded the driver and stopped the SUV, which was laden with explosives. The driver was arrested and hospitalized under guard, pending an investigation.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attempted bombing in a message to The Associated Press.

Tuesday's attack comes after a string of Taliban attacks in recent days as insurgents begin their spring offensive.