Suicide Bomber Kills Five Afghan Police Officers
Kandahar, May 31 (RHC)-- A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb outside a police headquarters in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing five police officers. According to reports from the area, the attack in Kandahar province’s Argistan district also wounded six other police agents.
Kandaharis the spiritual heartland of the Taliban and has been one of the most heavily contested areas between resistance fighters and Afghan and foreign forces. The U.S. poured tens of thousands of additional troops into Kandahar and other areas of the south in 2009 and 2010 to try to reverse the Taliban’s momentum, but to no avail.
Also on Thursday, a homemade bomb killed a member of the U.S.-led NATO force in southern Afghanistan. The death raised the number of occupation troops who have died in Afghanistan this year to 176.
Another report from Kabul said that two bomb attacks killed five policemen Thursday in eastern Afghanistan, also a key base for the Taliban forces. In one attack, in Kunduz province, a roadside bomb struck a vehicle carrying the head of the district’s anti-terrorism police force, killing him along with a colleague and a bodyguard. The other attack consisted of a grenade thrown at a police checkpoint in Jalalabad city, capital of Nangarhar province, which killed two police officers.