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Conflicts leave 12 Afghans dead, wounds 12 civilians in 24 hours

(Xinhua)

09:03, October 24, 2011

KABUL, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Continued militancy and conflicts have claimed the lives of a dozen Afghans including four civilians and wounded dozen others over the past 24 hours, officials said Sunday.

In the latest waves of violent attacks, a mine planted by the anti-government militants on Sunday, struck a police van in Herat province, some 640 km west of Afghan capital Kabul, leaving two policemen dead.

"A bomb planted on a road in Shindand district of Herat province struck a police van at around 1 p.m. today leaving two police officers dead," Mohammad Daud the police chief of Shindand district told Xinhua.

He blamed Taliban militants for planting the mine, but the outfit fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops have yet to make comment.

Also in the same province but in other district, a roadside bomb targeted a civilian car killing four non-combatants on Saturday, police confirmed Sunday.

"A mine planted by Taliban rebels on a road in Pashtun Zarghon district struck a civilian car Saturday evening killing four aboard, and all the victims are innocent civilians," police spokesman in Herat province Noor Khan Nikzad told Xinhua.

Six Taliban insurgents have also been killed during operations elsewhere in the Taliban hotbed, the southern Kandahar and Helmand provinces, over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here Sunday.

"The police forces backed by army and NATO-led troops during operations against insurgents in Kandahar and Helmand provinces have killed six Taliban rebels over the past 24 hours," the statement added.

In another violent incident two rockets fired by insurgents slammed into a residential area in Wardak province, some 35 km west of Afghan capital city Kabul Saturday night, wounding 12 civilians, an official said Sunday.

"Taliban rebels fired five rockets Saturday night, two of them hit a mosque in Miran village of Daimirdad district Saturday night, as a result 12 innocent worshipers were injured," spokesman for provincial administration Shahidullah Shahid told Xinhua.

Three more rockets exploded in land and causing no damages, he asserted.

Taliban militants fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops have yet to make comment over the incidents.

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