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Blasts kill Afghan police; 4 NATO troops die

Associated Press / October 5, 2010

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Three explosions just minutes apart rocked Kandahar last night, killing up to four Afghan police officers in the nation’s largest city in the south.

Also, three NATO service members were killed by bombings in southern Afghanistan, and an insurgent attack killed another in the east, raising the coalition’s death toll to 11 in the first four days of October.

Their nationalities and details of their deaths were not disclosed.

A spokesman for the provincial governor of Kandahar, Zelmai Ayubi, said two policemen were killed and 10 other people were wounded in the explosions, which occurred near a school.

Officials at Mirwais Hospital reported a higher death toll. They said four policemen died in the explosions and 17 other people were injured.

Ayubi said the first explosion targeted an Afghan police office. When police gathered to tend to the injured, two more explosions occurred, he said.

Also yesterday, NATO said a joint Afghan-coalition unit launched a night mission that killed a senior Taliban leader named Farman and two other militants in eastern Paktia Province.

Farman “terrorized the local population by participating in attacks, kidnappings, interrogations, and executions of Afghan civilians,’’ NATO said.

An insurgent with the Haqqani network, which is responsible for attacking coalition and Afghan troops, was captured in an operation Sunday in eastern Khost Province, the alliance said. The Haqqani network is a Pakistan-based faction of the Taliban with close ties to Al Qaeda.

Qari Yousef Ahmadi, Taliban spokesman, accused NATO of engaging in a propaganda campaign to demoralize the insurgents’ by inventing Taliban leaders and alleging they were killed or captured.

In western Nimroz Province yesterday, a police convoy was ambushed in Khash Rod district, said General Abdul Jabar Pardeli, provincial police chief.

Five militants were killed, three wounded, and two captured during a gun battle, he said, adding that police suffered no casualties.

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