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Soldiers at the scene of a suicide attack in Kandahar on 16 January (file photo) (epa)
25 January 2006 – In two separate incidents, unidentified attackers have thrown grenades at an Afghan ministry and at the Indian consulate in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar.
There were no casualties in either incident.
In the most recent attack, a grenade thrown from a passing car hit a wall outside the Indian mission, exploding on the road outside the consulate.
According to a spokesman for Afghanistan's Interior Ministry, Yousuf Stanezai, police have launched a manhunt but no one has so far been arrested.
Kandahar is a former stronghold of the Taliban, who ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until being overthrown by a U.S.-led coalition in 2002.
That attack came just hours after a grenade exploded outside the Ministry of Women's Affairs in the capital, Kabul.
The ministry had closed for the night at the time of the attack.
Taliban-led violence has increased across Afghanistan in the past year, raising fears that the insurgency may hamper moves toward democracy.