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Seven police killed in Afghanistan: Officials

Seven Afghan policemen were killed and seven others wounded in two separate attacks in the capital Kabul and the north of the country, officials said on Wednesday.

world Updated: Aug 12, 2009 23:45 IST

Seven Afghan policemen were killed and seven others wounded in two separate attacks in the capital Kabul and the north of the country, officials said on Wednesday.

A police bomb disposal team were returning to the capital on late Tuesday after defusing a bomb in Paghman district some 30 kilometres west of Kabul when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb, the interior ministry said.

"Five brave policemen were martyred and four others were wounded," ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary told AFP.

Bashary blamed the attack on "enemies of peace and stability," a term used by Afghan authorities to describe Taliban militia. He said the bomb was remotely detonated.

Militants also attacked a government compound in Archi district, in northern Kunduz province, killing the district police chief and a guard, said local governor Shaik Dadi.

After the militants attacked the compound, the police chief emerged from his headquarters to help, Dadi said, adding: "The Taliban ambushed him and killed him."

"The Archi district police chief and one of his bodyguards were killed and three other police were wounded," he said.

President Hamid Karzai honoured the commander's "patriotic sacrifice".

Locals said the insurgents set fire to the district government building.