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Afghan official says at least 2 dead, 15 wounded in car bomb explosion in southern city

  • Afghan security forces work at the site of a bombing in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Afghan officials say an explosion near a police station has killed several people and wounded over a dozen. Authorities initially believed a car bomb caused the explosion, but later said they were unsure what happened. (AP Photo)

    Afghan security forces work at the site of a bombing in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Afghan officials say an explosion near a police station has killed several people and wounded over a dozen. Authorities initially believed a car bomb caused the explosion, but later said they were unsure what happened. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Afghan security forces work at the site of a bombing in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Afghan officials say an explosion near a police station has killed several people and wounded over a dozen. Samim Khpalwak, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the explosion Tuesday morning struck the city of Kandahar, the capital of Kandahar province. Authorities initially believed a car bomb caused the explosion, but later said they were unsure what happened. (AP Photo)

    Afghan security forces work at the site of a bombing in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Afghan officials say an explosion near a police station has killed several people and wounded over a dozen. Samim Khpalwak, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the explosion Tuesday morning struck the city of Kandahar, the capital of Kandahar province. Authorities initially believed a car bomb caused the explosion, but later said they were unsure what happened. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Afghan security forces work at the site of a bombing in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Afghan officials say an explosion near a police station has killed several people and wounded over a dozen. Authorities initially believed a car bomb caused the explosion, but later said they were unsure what happened. (AP Photo)

    Afghan security forces work at the site of a bombing in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Afghan officials say an explosion near a police station has killed several people and wounded over a dozen. Authorities initially believed a car bomb caused the explosion, but later said they were unsure what happened. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

An Afghan official say at least two people have been killed in a car bomb explosion near a police station in the capital of southern Kandahar province.

Samim Khpalwak, spokesman for the provincial governor, says the explosion happened Tuesday morning in the capital, also called Kandahar.

Qayyum Pokhla, the head of Kandahar's regional hospital, says he had received two bodies along with another 15 people wounded in the attack.

He says the wounded included both civilians and military personnel. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Kandahar is the heartland of the Taliban insurgents and the city was the capital of the extremists' 1996-2001 regime. Attacks on Afghan soldiers and police have intensified in recent weeks as the insurgents mount their annual warm weather offensive.