Two police, 35 militants killed in Afghan unrest
Last Updated: Sunday, July 19, 2009, 19:51
Jalalabad (Afghanistan): Afghan commandos backed by foreign forces killed 35 militants in southern Afghanistan, the defence ministry said on Sunday, as a suicide bomber killed two police at a border post.

The bombing today at Torkham, a key border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan in Nangarhar province, was the latest in a surge of violence weeks ahead of the war-torn country's second presidential elections.

"There was a suicide attack on one of our police posts in Torkham. A police officer and policeman have been killed," regional border police commander Mohammad Zaman Mamozai told a news agency, adding that another officer was wounded.

The defence ministry meanwhile announced that Afghan commandos backed by international forces and war planes had killed 35 rebels in raids on Taliban hideouts in the southern province of Kandahar yesterday.

Several other insurgents were wounded in the raids in Shah Wali Kot district in the restive province, the ministry said in a statement.

"The national army commandos having the support of the international forces and air force killed 35 enemies who had massed there to interrupt the people's lives," the statement said.

The recent surge in Taliban-linked violence highlights the threat to Afghanistan's security as it prepares for its second-ever presidential elections set for August 20.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, July 19, 2009, 19:51

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