Saturday saw a three man suicide team attempt to assault a detention centre in Kandahar operated by the Afghan intelligence service, the National Directorate of Security. One attacker detonated at the front gate to the facility, the other two engaged the guards with small arms fire and then detonated themselves without gaining access to the building. A guard and a child were killed in the incident, and three other guards were wounded. The Taliban have form for this type of attack: in June 2008, they used two suicide attackers as the opening to a large armed assault on Kandahar’s Sarposa prison, freeing some 400 Taliban detainees. On this occasion however it appears the attackers failed to breach the facility’s defences.
On Friday a foot-borne bomber approached a police patrol vehicle in Panjwai district and detonated himself. There were no fatalities, but six policemen and three civilians were injured.