Bombs kill 10 Afghans at dog fight

ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan: Two bomb explosions tore through a crowd of villagers watching a dog fight in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar on Sunday, killing 10 people, officials said.The double bombing in Arghandab district targeted villagers and a police vehicle, killing eight civilians and two police, Afghan interior ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary told AFP.The violence follows a deadly Taliban-led campaign of blasts and suicide attacks that have rocked Afghanistan this month and killed more than 100 people, mostly civilians.”There have been two bomb blasts, one at the middle of a gathering and the other on the side of the road nearby. Eight civilians have been killed, two cops have been killed,” the spokesman said.He said a dozen civilians and five police were wounded.Shah Mohammad, the district chief of Arghandab, said the attack was aimed at villagers watching a dog fight.”People had gathered to watch dog fighting. Two explosions, from planted bombs, happened. Eight people, all civilians, have been killed,” he told AFP.An AFP reporter at the site saw human flesh scattered across the area and several barking dogs leashed to nearby electricity poles.“I can see flesh all around me. There are pieces of clothes, shoes and hats scattered all around. I can see a dead dog just next to me,” the reporter said.Dog fighting is popular in southern Afghanistan, but the Taliban banned it as un-Islamic and Sunday’s bombing was the latest attack to target people watching it.In February 2008, a suicide bombing killed more than 100 people gathered at a dog fight.Also in the south, a NATO soldier was killed in a roadside bomb blast, the alliance’s force said without giving further details.In the western province of Herat a separate bomb explosion killed a 13-year-old boy and wounded a man, said Noor Khan Nikzad, a police spokesman. The device targeted a police vehicle, he said.Recent bomb attacks have targeted densely packed civilian areas.On February 20, nearly 40 people were killed in a gun and suicide attack by at least four Taliban militants on a bank in the eastern city of Jalalabad. That attack was the deadliest to hit the country since June last year.On Saturday a suicide bomber in the northern province of Faryab killed four people during a buzkashi match, a traditional Afghan game played on horseback with a dead calf or goat.Another bombing, using a roadside improvised explosive device, killed nine civilians including women and children in the eastern province of Khost on Saturday.

Interior ministry spokesman Bashary accused the “enemies of Afghanistan”, a phrase generally used by Afghan officials to refer to the Taliban, of deliberately targeting civilians.”We’ll do all we can to stop these brutalities very soon,” he told AFP.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Sunday’s blasts but similar ones in the past have been claimed by the Taliban, the main insurgent group fighting to topple President Hamid Karzai.There are about 140,000 foreign troops, most of them American, deployed in Afghanistan to help Kabul defeat the Taliban.Karzai travels to Britain Monday for a two-day visit to meet Prime Minister David Cameron.They will discuss issues including the planned transition of responsibility for security from international troops to their Afghan counterparts in 2014, Karzai’s spokesman Siamak Heravi told AFP.The visit comes amid heightened fears over security after a Canadian tourist was kidnapped in Afghanistan.In a statement published Sunday on an Internet site, a Taliban group said it had captured a Canadian citizen in the province of Ghazni, accusing him of being a spy sent to discover the insurgent group’s hideouts.The Canadian government later confirmed that one of its citizens, a tourist named Colin Rutherford, had been abducted and said it was working with Afghan authorities were working to secure his release – Yahoonews