Five car bombs that were detonated simultaneously rocked Afghanistan's largest southern city Kandahar yesterday, destroying a construction company office and damaging dozens of nearby buildings, officials said.
At least 36 people died in the blasts and more than 50 were wounded.
The force of the explosions shattered windows around the city and sent flames shooting into the sky.
Afghan officials said yesterday the blasts appeared to target a Japanese construction company that mostly employs Pakistani engineers.
The blasts collapsed the company headquarters and destroyed part of a nearby wedding hall, an Associated Press reporter at the scene said.