Afghan insurgency upsurges as 20 people killed in 2 days

08:18, May 23, 2011      

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Afghan Taliban-led insurgency has been rising since the outfit announced to launch spring offensive from May 1 against Afghan and NATO-led forces stationed in the country.

In the latest security breach for which Taliban claimed responsibility, four suicide bombers raided a traffic building in Khost city in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday morning leaving themselves and six others including three policemen dead, according to provincial police chief Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai.

The attack began in daybreak as four assailants disguised in police uniform shot and killed a policeman at the gate of traffic police department and occupied the second floor of the building and opened fire on police.

According to provincial police chief Ishaqzai, two bombers blew themselves up inside the building and two others were killed by police.

The sporadic gunshots lasted five hours, he said, adding police also defused an explosive-laden vehicle parked in front of the building.

A day earlier on Saturday, six people were killed and 23 others injured when a suicide bomber penetrated in the country's biggest military hospital in the capital city of Kabul, majority of the casualties were military medical students.

Taliban militants who claimed responsibility for both Saturday' s attack in Kabul and targeting traffic police in Khost.

Also on Sunday, two women were killed and five others injured when a tractor hit a roadside bomb in Zabul province, some 340 km south of Kabul, interior ministry said in a statement.

"The tragic incident happened in Shah Joi district at 08:30 a. m. local time (0400 GMT) as a result two women were killed and five others including four women wounded," said the statement.

Afghans in rural areas often travel by tractor and trucks.

In the neighboring Kandahar province, the birthplace of Afghan Taliban, two policemen were injured on Sunday when a bobby-trapped motorbike they wanted to defuse exploded.

The blast also smashed and damaged windowpanes of a mosque of some buildings around the area.

Also on Saturday, two police were killed and three others injured when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in relatively peaceful western Herat province.

Source: Xinhua
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