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Published:April 23rd, 2007 09:35 EST
Bombs kills eight Afghan agents, police

Bombs kills eight Afghan agents, police

By SOP newswire

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AFP) - Six Afghan intelligence agents and two policemen were killed in remote-controlled bomb blasts in  Afghanistan Monday in fresh attacks linked to a growing Taliban insurgency.

The six were killed in the eastern province of Laghman where a similar blast on Sunday killed two other intelligence agents, a bodyguard and a driver. The province is about 120 kilometres (75 miles) from Kabul, the capital.

"Six intelligence officers were killed in the blast and another four were wounded," provincial police chief General Asil Totakhail told AFP.

Totakhail blamed the attack on the "enemies of Afghanistan," a term used by Afghan authorities to refer to fighters for the Taliban movement that was driven from government in 2001.

Hours earlier a roadside bomb struck a police patrol in the southeastern province of Zabul, killing two policemen and wounding five, said Mohammad Wazir, chief of the district of Shamulzayi on the border with Pakistan.

A spokesman for the Taliban said the extremist movement had carried out the attack.

The Afghan security forces have been the target of scores of bombings in the past months, with the Taliban insurgency relying heavily on roadside blasts and suicide attacks in their campaign against the Western-backed government.

Around 150 members of the forces have been killed in attacks this year, which promises to be as violent as 2006.


Source: Afghanistan News Center