KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A bomb hidden in a parked minibus exploded outside a government building in southern Afghanistan today, killing two Afghan intelligence officers, authorities said.
The bomb targeted a field office of the Afghan intelligence agency, known as the National Directorate of Security, in the city of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, said Ahmed Zarak, a spokesman for the provincial government. The two officers who were killed were guarding the compound, which the NDS uses as a base for operations inside Laskgar Gah, the provincial capital, he said.
At least 15 people were wounded in the blast, most of them civilians who lived in a house next door, according to Zarak.
It was not clear whether the explosives were remotely detonated or fixed to a timer, he added.