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4 Afghan policemen killed in bombing

Four Afghan policemen were killed when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in the country's northwest region, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.

world Updated: Apr 13, 2010 13:22 IST

Four Afghan policemen were killed when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in the country's northwest region, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.

Two others were injured and their vehicle destroyed in the Monday attack in Faryab province's Ghormach district, the ministry said.

Elsewhere, three women were killed and four injured after mortars, fired by suspected insurgents, fell on their homes in Kapisa province just north of the capital Kabul. The insurgents had apparently been targeting the local district government headquarters, the ministry said.

Two other people were wounded when their tractor ran over a mine in the far southwestern province of Nimroz, the ministry said.

The entrenched Taliban insurgency routinely targets Afghan civilians to spread fear and undercut the authority of Afghanistan's central government, whose writ extends little beyond Kabul. Formerly stable areas such as Kapisa have become no-go zones for foreigners and non-governmental organisations, as the insurgents increasingly search for targets to bolster their fighting credentials.