8 May 2011

Taliban launches wave of attacks

9:53 am on 8 May 2011

Heavy fighting has been taking place in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, where Taliban fighters have carried out a series of attacks.

The Taliban unleashed coordinated attacks on government targets killing at least two people and wounding 29, AFP reports.

The offices of the governor, mayor and intelligence service, two schools and several police offices were targetted.

Militants with guns and rocket-propelled grenades holed up in nearby buildings and attacked the governor's office on Saturday afternoon.

Later, ten explosions including six suicide blasts, two car bombs and two rickshaw bombs rocked the city.

Fighting continued around the National Directorate of Security offices.

The Taliban admitted the attacks and said they had been planned for nearly three weeks and were part of the start of the its annual spring offensive announced last week.