Thursday, January 24, 2013

Bomb Blast Kills Two Policemen in Afghanistan

Bomb blast kills two policemen in Afghanistan

Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:14AM GMT

Two policemen have been killed in a bomb attack carried out in southwestern Afghanistan, local sources say.

A roadside bomb struck a police van in the southwestern province of Nimruz, about 790 kilometers southwest of the capital, Kabul, on Thursday.

“A mine planted by militants on a road in Mahajirabad area outside Nimruz provincial capital Zaranj, struck a police vehicle at 01:30 p.m. local time today killing two policemen aboard the vehicle and injuring two passersby, both women,” said a local official.

Militants use improvised explosive devices, including roadside bombs, against Afghan forces, foreign troops and civilians.

In the first six months of 2012, over 1,140 Afghan civilians were killed and around 2,000 were wounded, mostly by roadside bombs, according to statistics released by the United Nations. Thirty percent of the casualties were women and children.

Afghan woman killed in US-led night raid in eastern Afghanistan

Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:17PM GMT

US-led local and international forces have killed the wife of a district council chairman in an overnight raid in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kapisa.

The woman was killed on Wednesday night after officials received a tip-off that militants were hiding in the house of Anar Joy District Council Chairman, Mohammad Na’im.

Officials claim the forces launched the raid after militants opened fire on them from Na’im’s house, but there were no reports of militants being present after the operation.

Civilian casualties inflicted by US-led troops have increased anti-US sentiments in the country.

The deaths have been the main source of friction between Kabul and Washington over the past years.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington's so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across the country.

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