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
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.