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Mon Jul 1, 2013 10:42PM
The site of a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan (file photo)

The site of a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan (file photo)

At least four people, including an Afghan police commander, have been killed in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan’s northern Baghlan province. According to provincial governor spokesman Abdul Bashir, the attack took place on Monday in Nahrin district after an improvised explosive device (IED) went off near a vehicle carrying Burka district commander and his aides. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but Afghan officials put the blame on Taliban militants who have carried out similar attacks in the past. On June 25, at least six Afghan policemen were killed in a roadside bomb attack in southern province of Uruzgan. On June 27, five people were killed and another wounded in a similar attack in a village in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Laghman. And on June 15, five policemen were also killed and seven others injured in another IED attack in the country’s southeastern province of Paktika. In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual "spring offensive" against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan. The militant group said it would use "every possible tactic" to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider and bomb attacks. The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in October 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, despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops. MAM/AS
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