Afghan police foil suicide attacks in the south

September 25, 2011 - 3:20 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan police say officers have shot dead two men wearing explosives vests, foiling a planned suicide attack on a government building.

The Ministry of Interior says the shooting on Sunday morning in the southern Zabul province detonated the attackers' explosives and both died.

Separately, the ministry says more than 340 rockets have been fired in the past week from Pakistan into two east Afghan provinces.

Shells landing in Dangam district of Nuristan province destroyed six houses, two mosques and displaced at least 50 families.

The ministry says it's unclear who is firing the artillery rounds — including more than 100 that rained down Saturday night in Nuristan and Kunar provinces — but insists they are being fired from Pakistani soil.