Afghan official: Suicide bomber hits government compound in country's south, killing soldier

An Afghan official says a suicide car bombing targeting a government compound in the south of the country has killed one soldier and wounded four others.

Samim Khopalwaq, the spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province, says the attack happened on Thursday morning at a checkpoint in Arghandab district in the center of the province.

He says a total of five attackers were killed, one of them blew the car up and the other four tried to enter the district governor's compound.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The Taliban have a stronghold in Kandahar province and have spread their reach across the country this year, following the withdrawal of foreign combat troops.