Four Afghan Policemen Killed In Roadside Bomb

A roadside bomb killed four Afghan policemen when it ripped through their patrol vehicle in western Afghanistan on Saturday, a provincial government official said.

An Afghan policeman stands at the site of a roadside bomb attack.

HERAT: A roadside bomb killed four Afghan policemen when it ripped through their patrol vehicle in western Afghanistan on Saturday, a provincial government official said.

“A police pick-up truck hit a roadside bomb planted by insurgents in Qaraghul area in Qadis district of western Badghis province,” a provincial governor spokesman, Salahuddin Majeedi said.

“Unfortunately, all four policemen onboard were killed.”

Meanwhile, Nato said a bomb killed one of its service members in southern Afghanistan, while another has died of non-battle related injuries. It provided no other details about the deaths, including the nationalities of the troops.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but roadside bombs are regularly planted by Taliban.
Afghan security forces are particular targets of the Taliban, as they prepare to take over full responsibility for security from 130,000 foreign troops by 2014.

But roadside bombs often kill civilians, with two consecutive bombings in the southern Afghan province of Helmand killing eight people on Thursday, including seven members of one family.

Over 3,000 civilians were killed in the war in Afghanistan last year, the fifth consecutive year the number has risen, the majority of them victims of roadside bombs, according to UN figures.

So far this month, 16 Nato service members have been killed in Afghanistan.