Tuesday, August 16, 2011 – According to local officials in southern Afghanistan, at least four security guards were killed after suicide bombers targeted a fuel depot for NATO-led forces close to one of Afghanistan’s biggest bases, where thousands of foreign troops are stationed.

The officials further added, the incident took place near a facility belonging to logistics company Supreme, near the sprawling Kandahar airfield, which acts as a hub for troop operations across south Afghanistan, the Taliban’s heartland and focus of the war.

General Salem Ehsas, the police commander for southern Afghanistan said, four Afghan guards working for a private security firm were killed in the assault, which happened at around 9:00 pm local time.

General Salem Ehsas further added, eight other guards — three from Nepal and five from Afghanistan — were also wounded.

Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi claimed the responsibility behind the attacks.

The insurgents frequently target organisations, both foreign and Afghan, which work with the 140,000-strong foreign military in Afghanistan as well as fuel convoys and tankers supplying the international force.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) relies on contractors to provide a wide range of services in Afghanistan, particularly at large hub bases such as Kandahar airfield.

General Ehsas said, at least three suicide bombers were behind the attack, with two blowing themselves up at the compound gates and a third shot dead by security forces in a gun battle.

He also said, the clashes are now over and the area is under the control of security forces, adding the suicide bombers had not managed to get inside the compound.

The attack was also confirmed by the provincial governor’s spokesman and the local Afghan army commander.