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Kandahar District or Dand District is situated in the central part of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, surrounding the city of Kandahar. It borders with Panjwai District to the west, Arghandab District to the north, Shah Wali Kot District to the northeast and Daman District to the east and south. The population is 468,200 (2006).The district center is the city of Kandahar.
In March 2009, the Dand District Centre was destroyed by a suicide bombing of two Taliban insurgents. In December 2009 it was rebuilt by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Canadian civilian police at the Kandahar PRT.
The Dand District Centre construction project was one of two major initiatives recently[ when? ] undertaken by the Canadians – the other was in Tahkta Pul (Southeast of Kandahar city).
Situated just outside the former Taliban capital Kandahar city, Dand is strategically important as a staging post for Taliban attackers intent on regaining their former stronghold.
The Dand district has 30 schools. Due to security concerns over half of the schools were closed down, but as of March 2011 all have been reopened. Approximately 12,000 students attend the schools i the local area.
The Dand District Chief is Ahmadullah Nazook. The number of national police in the district is 350.
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