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Violence kills four in Afghanistan

Two policemen and two security guards have been killed in separate incidents in Afghanistan in the latest in an upsurge in Taliban-linked attacks, officials said on Thursday.

world Updated: Jun 18, 2009 17:36 IST

Two policemen and two security guards have been killed in separate incidents in Afghanistan in the latest in an upsurge in Taliban-linked attacks, officials said on Thursday.

A bomb fixed to a motorbike exploded on Thursday outside the gates of a private construction company in southern Kandahar city, said Ghulam Mohammad, a police officer at the scene of the blast.

"Two guards have been killed and three other civilian workers of the company have been wounded," Mohammad said.

The blast hit close to the Kandahar provincial police headquarters.

In eastern Khost province overnight, Taliban insurgents attacked an Afghan border police convoy, sparking a clash.

"Two border policemen were killed in the Taliban attack," Shair Ahmad Kochai, the provincial border police chief, told AFP. Police arrested 15 suspected militants in the aftermath of the attack, he added.

Police blamed both attacks on "enemies of the people of Afghanistan", a reference to the Taliban, who were ousted from power in late 2001 by a US-led offensive but are now waging a fierce insurgency.