July 17, 2006 -- A bomb destroyed a local Afghan justice department building in southern Afghanistan today, killing at least two people and wounding six others.
The explosion occurred in the Helmand provincial capital, Lashgar Gah.
Local police chief Ghulam Nabi Malakhail says the bomb was planted inside the office of the local justice department director, who was killed in the blast.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but local law enforcement officials are blaming "enemies of the country," a term used to refer to Taliban or Al-Qaeda militants.
Violence has increased in southern Afghanistan since government and coalition forces launched a major offensive against militants in the region.
Elsewhere, militants in the east of the country have destroyed an elementary school, leaving some 500 schoolchildren with no classrooms. Paktika Province Governor Mohammad Akram said the July 16 bombing was the latest in a series of attacks on schools in the province. No one has been injured in the various incidents, which Akram said are being carried out by "enemies of knowledge and science."
(Reuters, AP, AFP)