Suicide attacks hit Afghanistan

Two police officers killed in one-day wave of bombings

May 06, 2007|By New York Times News Service

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A wave of suicide attacks in four provinces of Afghanistan yesterday killed two police officers and wounded a NATO soldier and two other Afghan policemen, officials said.

A suicide bomber blew himself up yesterday morning in Nad Ali district in the southern province of Helmand, killing two policemen, an Interior Ministry statement said. The policemen were guarding a checkpoint, local television said.

Half an hour later, the police became suspicious of a man in Samkani district of the southeastern province of Paktia and shot him. The man then blew himself up, killing himself and wounding two policemen.

"Another man who accompanied him escaped, and the police are still looking for him," said the provincial police chief, Abdul Rahman Sarjang.

Also yesterday morning, a suicide attacker blew himself up while a NATO convoy was passing in Urgun district in the border province of Paktika, killing himself and wounding one soldier. U.S. forces are operating in Paktika province.

"We can confirm the attack and what we know is one ISAF soldier was injured," a NATO spokesman, Maj. John Thomas, said, referring to the NATO force, the International Security Assistance Force.

In the western province of Farah, Afghan police officers followed a man driving a car that they suspected was rigged with explosives. The police fired on the car as the driver tried to escape and the car exploded, killing the driver, a statement from the Afghan Interior Ministry said.

Taliban insurgents meanwhile announced that they were postponing an announcement of their plans for a French hostage and his three Afghan colleagues until after French presidential elections today.

The U.S. military, in a statement from Bagram Air Base, said the coalition forces killed 10 Taliban commanders during fighting in the Shindand district of Herat on April 27 and April 29. Up to 50 civilians were also killed in the battles.

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