Seven police killed in Afghan blast: Official
Last Updated: Sunday, May 30, 2010, 23:48
Kunduz: A roadside bomb struck a police patrol Sunday in the remote north-eastern Afghan province of Badakhshan, killing seven officers, officials said, in the latest violence blamed on the Taliban.

Linked to the violence, a police commander said that he was investigating claims by local villagers that NATO forces had killed and injured civilians in an air raid originally aimed at Taliban.

And military officials said up to a dozen Taliban-linked militants, including their commander, were killed when NATO and Afghan troops backed by air support struck their sanctuaries in the northern Baghlan mountains.

The police officers were killed when a roadside bomb, the type often used by Taliban Islamist militants, hit their vehicle on a dirt road, deputy provincial governor Shams-Ul Rahman Shams said.

"We blame the attack on the armed opposition groups," he told AFP, referring to Taliban. "It was a remote-controlled bomb."

In Kandahar province, centre of the insurgency, NATO helicopters raided a militant hideout in Panjwayi district this morning, killing up to eight insurgents, said Sardar Mohammad Zazai, Kandahar provincial police chief.

Local farmer Hazarat, who uses only one name, told AFP at the Kandahar city hospital that the strike had injured four civilians, including his father.

Elsewhere in Kandahar, Afghan men evacuating wounded relatives said NATO helicopters struck their mudbrick homes, killing one and injuring four others.

"We were at home. There were no Taliban in the village. The helicopters just came and bombed our homes and left. Four people including my son were injured. One person was killed," an elderly man, giving his name as only Karim, told a news agency at the Kandahar's Mirwais hospital.


First Published: Sunday, May 30, 2010, 23:48

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