Bomb kills four Afghan border police

Four border policemen were killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan which also left two others wounded, officials said on Friday.

Last Updated: Apr 22, 2011, 21:17 PM IST

Kandahar: Four border policemen were
killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan which also
left two others wounded, officials said on Friday.

The incident happened in Kandahar province`s Spin
Boldak district, close to the border with Pakistan, yesterday.
The Taliban claimed responsibility in a text message to a news agency.

"Four border policemen were killed and two were
injured when a roadside mine blew up their vehicle in Spin
Boldak district yesterday evening," General Abdul Raziq, the
regional chief of Afghanistan`s border police, said to a news agency.

The attack is the latest in a wave of strikes
against Afghanistan`s police and army in the run-up to the
start of the transition from foreign to Afghan security
control in July.

Last Friday, the police chief of Kandahar, seen as
the Taliban`s heartland, was assassinated. A day later, nine
troops including five foreigners were killed by a suicide
bomber at an Afghan army base in the east.

On Monday, three people died when a would-be
suicide bomber in a soldier`s uniform got inside the defence
ministry in Kabul, one of the country`s worst security
breaches in years.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, police said that three
security workers for a construction company had been killed by
a NATO air strike yesterday in the eastern border province of
Khost.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance
Force (ISAF) said it was still looking into what happened.

Khost police chief Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai said to a news agency:
"Our reports say that the individuals in Speyreh district were
firing their weapons for fun and an ISAF attack helicopter
spotted them.

"The helicopters mistook them for insurgents and
attacked them, killing three and wounding one."

ISAF spokesman Major Michael Johnson said its
reports "suggest that three or four individuals fired on one
of our helicopters" and that the helicopter "returned fire
killing them."

"But we are continuing to look into the information
to figure out exactly what occurred."

Meanwhile, 14 insurgents were killed overnight in
military operations in the southeastern province of Paktika,
the governor`s office said.

International combat troops in Afghanistan are due
to leave the country completely in 2014, when Afghan forces
are scheduled to take responsibility for their own security.

PTI