Suicide bomber hits Afghan gov't office, killing 6

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- A suicide bomber driving an oil tanker has struck a government office in Afghanistan, killing at least six people and wounding dozens.

The attack ripped through a provincial council office where a meeting was under way. The blast flattened five nearby homes and damaged the offices of the Afghan intelligence service. The bomb dug a crater some 15 feet into the ground.

The attack happened in Kandahar, a former Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan. The provincial governor blames the Taliban for the violence.

Earlier today in Kandahar, two men on a motorcycle threw acid on eight Afghan girls as they walked to school. A doctor says three of the girls have been hospitalized.

Under the Taliban's Islamist regime, girls were banned from schools and women were not allowed to leave the house without a male family member.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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