Suicide attack, clashes kill 10 policemen in Afghanistan

April 23rd, 2008 - 8:33 pm ICT by admin  

Kabul, April 23 (DPA) At least 10 policemen were killed and more than seven wounded in terror-related violence across Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday. A suicide bomber who had strapped explosives around his body targeted a police vehicle in Gerishk district of the southern province of Helmand Wednesday morning, killing two policemen, district police chief Khair Mohammad Sheja, told DPA.

Sheja, who was the target of the attack but escaped unharmed, said that three other policemen were wounded.

“As I got off the car, the bomber attacked us, but I managed to go inside the police headquarters building,” he said.

Meanwhile, Taliban fighters attacked a police outpost in the eastern province of Kunar late Tuesday, killing five officers and wounding seven others, Abdul Jalal, the provincial police chief, said.

He said police also inflicted casualties on the Taliban side in the clash, which took place near the border with Pakistan, but could not provide any figures.

In the western province of Badghis Tuesday, three policemen were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb, a police official in the western region said.

The poorly trained and equipped Afghan forces often come under Taliban attack in the southern provinces, where the militants are the most active.

More than 900 police were killed in Taliban-led attacks last year.

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