Suicide bombers kill at least 5 at meeting of tribal elders in Afghanistan

Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 4:43pm

A pair of suicide bombers targeted a meeting of tribal elders in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least five people, a provincial official said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the dual attacks and released a higher death toll. Eight tribal elders were killed, said Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a spokesman for the Islamist militants.

The attack occurred at a weekly meeting where tribal elders listen to concerns from constituents, said Kandahar province spokesman Javid Faisal.

He said 15 people were injured in the attack, which occurred in the province's Spin Boldak district.

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