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10 policemen dead in roadside bombing in S. Afghanistan

12-29-2011 17:42 BJT

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- Ten Afghan policemen were killed Thursday morning in a roadside bombing in the country's southern Helmand province, a spokesman for local government said.

"A total of 11 local policemen were travelling in a vehicle toward a police training center in Nad Ali district but their car ran over a roadside bomb triggering a powerful blast that killed 10 policemen on the spot and inured another," Daud Ahmadi told Xinhua.

According to Ahmadi, the bloody incident occurred in Zarghon areas of the district at around 11:30 a.m. local time in the province with Lashkar Gah city as its capital, some 555 km south of capital city of Kabul.

He blamed Taliban insurgents for the attack.

The Afghan local police force is community police, set up by the Afghan government on summer 2010 to defend their villages from Taliban attacks.

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

The militant group warned people against supporting government and foreign troops.

Taliban has yet to make comments.


Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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