KABUL, Afghanistan — An explosives-laden vehicle driven by a suicide bomber detonated before reaching its target Monday, killing five Afghan children and injuring an Afghan police officer, according to a statement by the U.S.-led international military force.
The statement said the attack was aimed at the governor of the Dand district in Kandahar province, but the improvised explosive device went off prematurely and caused civilian casualties. Another explosive device detonated nearby, causing no casualties, the statement added.
"This act of terrorism and the many like it should be all it takes for people to understand the motivation and thought process of the insurgents," said Maj. Gen. Michael Regner, deputy chief of staff for combined joint
operations of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command.