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Roadside blast attack kills policeman, injuries 4 in S Afghanistan
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08:19, February 22, 2008

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One policeman was killed and four other policemen injured as a roadside blast targeting a police vanwent off in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province Thursday, the police said.

The blast occurred in Helmand's provincial capital Lashkargah at around 4:45 p.m. local time (1215 GMT) and all the killed and injured were policemen in plain uniforms, Mohammad Hussein Andiwal, provincial police chief told Xinhua via phone.

Andiwal said further investigation showed that it was not a suicide blast but a roadside bombing.

The police vehicle was damaged in the blast, he added.

Nobody has immediately claimed responsibility yet.

Three consecutive bombing attacks had killed more than 150 people almost all civilians in the neighboring Kandahar province on Feb. 17-19 separately.


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