Six children, two UN officials killed in Afghanistan (Lead)

September 14th, 2008 - 10:55 pm ICT by IANS  

TalibanKabul, Sep 14 (DPA) At least six children were killed in a roadside blast, while a suicide attack killed two UN officials in southern Afghanistan Sunday, officials said. Six children were killed and 18 were wounded in a roadside bomb blast in southern Ghazni province Sunday afternoon, district administrative chief Abdul Rahim Desiwal said.

He said the children were playing on a bridge in Andar district of the province when the blast, which was caused by a mine placed under the bridge by Taliban militants, took place.

The wounded children, seven in a critical condition, were taken to a provincial hospital by local authorities for treatment, he said.

In Kandahar province, two officials belonging to UN aid agencies were killed and 15 injured when a car bomb hit a convoy of vehicles belonging to them.

“The incident took place on Kandahar-Spinboldak highway at 9.30 a.m. when a man driving an explosives-laden car blew it up next to the convoy, killing two on the spot and wounding 15 others including one police personnel,” police chief Matihullah Khan told reporters.

“Except the police constable, all the victims are civilians,” he added.

Meanwhile, a soldier from the NATO-led ISAF mission was killed in a roadside blast in southern Afghanistan Saturday, the alliance said in a statement.

The statement did not disclose the nationality of the dead soldier, citing a policy of the organization to not reveal victims’ nationalities until notification of the relatives is complete.

In another incident, a unit of local police was patrolling in the Godal area of Zena Khan district of the same Ghazni province Saturday evening, when its vehicle came under fire by Taliban militants, deputy provincial police chief Mohammad Zaman said.

“Seven police officers including the acting police chief of the district were killed in the attack,” Zaman said.

Taliban militants said in a statement posted on their website that the police vehicle was blown up by a remote-controlled roadside bomb and then the fighters opened fire on the survivors.

The rebel statement also said two policemen were captured after the clash.

Zaman confirmed that one of the policemen in the patrol was missing.

More than 900 policemen were killed in Taliban attacks in 2007, according to figures from the interior ministry.

More than 4,000 people - mostly insurgents- have been killed in Afghan conflict so far this year.

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