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UPDATED: 09:18, December 23, 2006
Roadside bomb kills 5 Afghan policemen
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Five policemen were killed when a roadside bomb hit a police vehicle Friday morning in Uruzgan, the central province of Afghanistan,, a provincial spokesman told Xinhua.

The explosion occurred at around 9:00 a.m. local time in Darwishan area of Tirin Kot, the capital city of Uruzgan province, provincial government spokesman Abdul Qayon said.

Taliban spokesperson Qari Yusuf Ahmadi has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying 10 Afghan policemen were killed in the attack. The claim was denied by the local government.

This was the second bombing in a single day in Afghanistan. Also on Friday morning, one civilian was killed and seven others were wounded when a suicide bomber tried to assassinate a member of the parliament.

Due to rising Taliban-linked violence this year, Afghanistan has plunged into the worst spate of bloodshed since the Taliban regime was toppled down five years ago.

About 4,000 people have been killed in this volatile country this year.

Source: Xinhua

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