At least two people died and at least 12 others were wounded Thursday when a suicide car bomber launched an assault in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar.
Kandahar Police Chief Serdar Mohammed Zadai said the attack took place around 7:30 p.m. on one of Kandahar's main roads. The bomber apparently intended to target a local police headquarters or NATO-led forces but failed to detonate the explosive at the right time, Zadai said.
The explosive went off in front of a "local guest house" and all of the casualties were civilians, he said.
Kandahar province, in southern Afghanistan, is one of the Afghan war's main battlegrounds, and is a militant stronghold.
In December, at least eight people died when an explosive on a horse cart detonated, and a Canadian and Afghan soldier were killed during a foot patrol. In August, more than 40 people died when a tanker truck full of explosives went off in front of a Japanese construction company in Kandahar.