KABUL, Afghanistan -- A pair of suicide bombers targeted a community meeting Sunday in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, killing at least five people and injuring 15, local authorities said.
The attack happened about 11 a.m. at a government compound in the district of Spin Boldak, during a meeting of local leaders to discuss issues raised by residents, said Ahmad Javid Faisal, a spokesman for the Kandahar governor. A district council member and four local residents were among those killed, he said.
The district, which borders Pakistan, is considered an important smuggling route for drugs, weapons and militants.
There were conflicting accounts of how the attack unfolded.
Sayed Hashim Agha, the Spin Boldak district governor, said the bombers drove up to the compound and fired on police officers guarding the entrance, killing one of them. They then exited the vehicle on foot and detonated suicide vests in the hall where the meeting was taking place, he said.
Faisal said the bombers did not have a vehicle and the hall was not guarded at the time of the attack.
The Taliban insurgency claimed responsibility for the attack. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said two of the movement’s fighters fought Afghan security forces for half an hour before detonating their suicides vests.