Afghanistan

Suicide Bombs Kill 30 in Kandahar

Kandahar, the city in southern Afghanistan likely to be the next target for a NATO offensive, was rocked by suicide bombs Saturday that killed 30 and wounded many more. Bombers targeted a jail on the outskirts of the city, located in the center of the Taliban’s turf, in a move to provoke a jail break like one that happened there two years ago. Two other attacks, intended to divert attention from the main bomb at the prison, included a bomber on a bicycle and explosives inside a motorcycle. Police and civilians were injured in the blast, as well as women and children at a nearby wedding hall. The Taliban posted a message online saying the attack was a warning to NATO commanders planning any assault on the city. The prison attack two years ago freed 400 insurgents.