Suicide attack kills seven Afghan police: Officials

A suicide attacker rammed a car bomb into a joint Afghan-NATO military convoy in northern Afghanistan on Thursday.

Last Updated: Aug 05, 2010, 16:40 PM IST

Kunduz (Afghanistan): A suicide attacker
rammed a car bomb into a joint Afghan-NATO military convoy in
northern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing seven police and injuring
five civilians, officials said.

The officers and soldiers were on a patrol in the
insurgent-troubled Imamsaheb district of northeastern Kunduz
province when they came under attack, district administrator
Mohammad Ayoub said.

The interior ministry confirmed the toll of dead and
wounded, while NATO said some coalition troops had been
injured, without giving further details.

Ayoub said the bomber was driving an explosives-laden
car, which detonated on hitting the convoy.

In the capital Kabul, an improvised bomb exploded,
hitting a police jeep, but there were no casualties, interior
ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary said.

The bomb was set off along a main road in the east of the
city as a police vehicle passed by, he said, adding that an
investigation was under way.

Cheap and easy to make, improvised explosive devices, or
IEDs, are the most commonly used weapon by the Taliban,
fighting an increasingly deadly insurgency focused mostly in
the south and east of the country.

In eastern Nangarhar province eight Taliban insurgents
were killed in the Khogyani district during a clash with
Afghan security forces late yesterday, police spokesman Abdul
Ghafour told a news agency.

PTI