Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Roadside bomb kills 11; Afghan policeman kills 5 colleagues

Roadside bomb kills 11; Afghan policeman kills 5 colleagues

"The bomb struck their Toyota sedan when they were going for an engagement ceremony", said Logar Governor Mohammad Halim Fidai.

Salim Saleh, spokesman for the governor in Logar, said it is the work of the Taliban to lay such landmines in a bid to target the government forces, but often civilians find themselves in the middle of the conflict.

The Taliban were not immediately reachable for comment, but roadside bombs have been the militants' weapon of choice in their war against foreign and Afghan security forces.

A policeman has shot and killed five of his colleagues as they slept in eastern Afghanistan.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, another roadside bomb targeted a USA militarily convoy in northern Parwan province today.The explosion disabled an armored vehicle but caused no injuries.

The explosion disabled an armoured vehicle but caused no injuries, High said.

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The shooter fled the scene after collecting firearms of the victims. Both the Taliban and an IS affiliate are active in Nangarhar, a mountainous province that borders Pakistan.

The IS group claimed responsibility for the attack that left 10 people dead, including the attackers.

Afghanistan has the highest number of mine victims in the world, which along with roadside bombs kill or wound an estimated 140 people every month.

Without sharing more details, a US military spokesman told VOA "the disabled vehicle is being recovered and the convoy will continue and complete its mission".

Last year, at least 3,498 civilians were killed and 7,920 were wounded in ongoing violence across the country, an increase of 3 percent over 2015, according to a United Nations report released in February.

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