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Fresh attack hits northern Afghanistan: Govt

world Updated: Aug 23, 2009 14:02 IST

A bomb in usually peaceful northern Afghanistan killed six police, two days after a coordinated militant ambush disrupted voting during elections in the same province, the government said on Sunday.

The roadside bomb killed the commander of the Baghlan provincial rapid reaction police force and five other police
in the area of Kook Chinar near Baghlan town on Saturday, the interior ministry said.

On Thursday, suspected Taliban militants stormed Baghlan town, launching a multi-pronged assault that left up to 30
militants and two police dead, and stopped voting during Afghanistan's second presidential election.

"We had to tell our people to save your (ballot) boxes and save yourselves," the head of the election commission,
Azizullah Lodin, said at the time.

Baghlan province straddles the main road linking the Afghan capital Kabul with the north. Kunduz province, further
north, has become increasingly dangerous and the main road running to the south from Kabul is another flashpoint.

On Sunday, an Afghan army officer driving back to Kabul from leave in Kandahar, the old Taliban capital in the south,
was killed when gunmen opened fire around Shash Gaw in central Afghanistan, the defence ministry said.

During a US-backed Afghan army operation, four militants were killed and six others arrested in Kandahar provinc on Sunday, the ministry added.