Twin Afghan Bombings Kill at Least 18
Both attacks targeted gov't buildings, including police station in Helmand
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2012 3:00 AM CDT
A Helmand province police station burns after an attack on it by insurgents on July 31, 2011. Three bombers attacked another police station in Helmand earlier today.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Two suicide bombings in Afghanistan killed at least 18 people today, including eight policemen in an attack on a police station in southern Helmand province, reports the AP. Three men with bombs tried to enter a police station. Police spotted the attack and killed one man, but the other two men were able to detonate their bombs.

Earlier today, another bomb blew up a four-wheel drive vehicle outside a government building in western Afghanistan, killing at least 10 people and wounding 20. Many of those killed were waiting to enter the office on business matters. Police had stopped the car on a tip that it had explosives, but one of the three people inside the vehicle detonated the bomb. Herat province is not normally a hotspot for insurgent attacks, and Afghan troops are largely responsible for security there.