Two roadside bombs killed seven people in Afghanistan, five of them civilians from the same family, police said on Tuesday, in new attacks linked to a bloody Taliban insurgency.
A remote-controlled bomb struck an estate car (station wagon) in the southern province of Helmand on Monday, provincial police chief Mohammad Hussain Andiwal told AFP.
"Five people -- a woman, two children and two men, all members of the same family were killed in the roadside blast. One person was wounded," Andiwal said.
He blamed the "enemies of Afghanistan" for the attack, a term often used to refer to fighters for the extremist Taliban movement that was forced from power in late 2001 in a US-led invasion.
Another bomb, also remotely controlled, hit a police patrol in the neighbouring province of Kandahar late on Tuesday and killed two police, provincial police chief Sayed Aqa Saqib said.
Another three policemen were wounded, he said.
A Taliban spokesman, Yousuf Ahmadi, told AFP by telephone that his organisation had carried out this attack. He made no mention of the Helmand blast.
The Taliban regularly use roadside and suicide blasts in their campaign against the government of President Hamid Karzai, who is leading the country on a troubled course to democracy after years of war and tyranny.