Twin roadside bomb blasts kill 4 civilians, 3 police in east Afghanistan

11:28, August 22, 2010      

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Two roadside bomb blasts in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province left seven people including four civilians and three police dead, provincial administration spokesman Mukhlis Afghan said Saturday.

According to the official, four civilians were killed in the blast Saturday morning as their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Yaya Khil district. "Four civilians were killed and their car was completely smashed in the blast occurred this morning today in Yaya Khil district," Afghan told Xinhua's reporter based in neighboring Khost province.

He also said that three Afghan police personnel lost their life as their van ran over a mine planted by militants in Yusuf Khil district. "The blast occurred late Friday and killed three policemen," he stated.

However, he did not blame any groups for organizing the explosions but Taliban militants have in the past been blamed for such incidents.

The hardliner militia, fighting Afghan and international troops, have yet to make comments.

Earlier in the day in separate but similar incident in the neighboring Logar province a policeman was killed and five others sustained injures as a bomb planted on a road went off in Baraki Barak district.

Mohammad Rahim Amin the governor of Baraki Barak told Xinhua.

The post-Taliban Afghanistan has experienced hundreds of violent attacks over the past couple of months since the outfit vowed in early May to speed up their spring offensive against Afghan government and NATO-led troops this year in the war-torn country.

Roadside bombs and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) have proved the deadliest weapons not only for Afghan and international forces but also for the innocent Afghan civilians.

Source: Xinhua


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