29 Jul 2011

Deadly Taliban attack in Afghanistan

6:17 am on 29 July 2011

Taliban militants have carried out a major attack in southern Afghanistan using suicide bombs, rocket-propelled grenades and machine-guns.

At least 22 people have been killed in the attack in Tarin Kowt, the capital of Uruzgan province.

The attacks come only a day after a suicide bomber killed the mayor of Kandahar city, the latest in a string of assassinations of high-profile government figures and allies of the Afghan President, Hamid Karzai.

Those killed in the most recent attack include a local BBC reporter.

The Taliban says it carried out the attack.

NATO says it is providing air support to Afghan forces in Tarin Kowt.