Six police killed in Afghan attacks

Six police officers were killed in two insurgent attacks in volatile southern Afghanistan, police said on Tuesday.

Last Updated: Aug 10, 2010, 15:10 PM IST

Kandahar: Six police officers were killed in two insurgent attacks in volatile southern
Afghanistan, police said on Tuesday.

In one attack, five policemen were killed when a bomb
tore through their vehicle in Helmand province`s Khanishin
district late yesterday, deputy provincial police chief
Kamaluddin Khan said to a news agency.

He blamed the bombing on Taliban insurgents who have been
fighting the Western-backed government in Kabul since they
were removed from power in the late 2001 US-led invasion.

Cheap and easy to make, improvised bombs are the
Taliban`s choice weapon against Afghan and Western military
targets.

The sixth police officer was killed when militants armed
with rockets and machine guns attacked a police post in
Helmand`s Musa Qala district, Khan said.

Afghan police have suffered more casualties in the nearly
nine-year war than their better armed counterparts in the
Afghan army and US-led coalition force.

There are close to 150,000 US and NATO forces deployed in
Afghanistan.

PTI