Four killed in Kabul blasts (Lead)

August 19th, 2011 - 10:58 am ICT by IANS  

Kabul, Aug 19 (IANS) Four people, including two police officers, were killed in two suicide bombings near the house of Afghanistan’s First Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim here, Xinhua reported.

The first explosion occurred around 5.30 a.m. followed by another one 20 minutes later. Gunshots were also heard.

Two police officers and two suicide bombers were killed in the attack, a police officer said.

One of the attackers blew his explosives-laden car while the other one detonated his suicide vest, the officer said requesting anonymity.

Fahim’s house is close to the UNAMA office (United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan) and the Indian consulate.

A security official said that an office of a foreign agency was the target. Six Afghans and eight foreign nationals were inside the building at the time of the attack.

Police have meanwhile cordoned off the area.

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