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6 Afghan insurgents killed as explosive device explodes prematurely

07-04-2011 16:10 BJT

KABUL, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Six Taliban insurgents were killed when their explosive device went off prematurely in Afghanistan's Helmand province, 555 km south of capital city of Kabul, provincial government said on Monday.

"Six Taliban insurgents were busy in planting a mine on a road in Sangin district of Helmand province Sunday but their explosive device detonated prematurely, killing all rebels on the spot," a statement issued by Helmand provincial government here said.

Taliban militants who largely rely on roadside bombing and suicide attacks have yet to make comment.

Notorious for growing poppy and militancy, the Helmand province has been regarded as Taliban hotbed in the insurgency-hit southern part of the country.

In a separate development, police detained a would-be suicide bomber and thus foiled a terrorist attack in Surobi district of Kabul province, some 60 km east of Kabul city, on Sunday, Kabul police said in a statement released here Monday.

In another development two rockets landed in Kabul on Sunday night but caused no loss of life and property damages, according to police.

The Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant since the militant group announced to launch spring offensive from May 1 against Afghan and NATO-led troops stationed in Afghanistan.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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