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Bombs, clashes kill at least 80 in Afghanistan

A roadside bomb killed three Afghan policemen amid soaring violence in Afghanistan that claimed the lives of scores of rebels.

india Updated: Aug 21, 2006 17:34 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

A roadside bomb killed three Afghan policemen, an official said on Monday, amid soaring violence in southern Afghanistan that claimed the lives of scores of militants, as well as five Afghan security forces and a British soldier.

Some 71 militants were killed in fierce fighting that began late Saturday and spilled into Sunday after the Taliban attacked a police convoy in Kandahar province's Panjwayi district, said Niaz Mohammad Sarhadi, the district government chief.

In the neighbouring southern province of Helmand, a separate clash with insurgents on Sunady left one British soldier dead and three others wounded, Britain's Defence Ministry said.

The death brought to 20 the number of British soldiers killed since they were deployed to Afghanistan in November 2001.

Also in Helmand, a roadside bomb killed three policemen travelling on the main highway linking Murja and Lashkar Gah districts of the southern Helmand province, Ghulam Muhaddin, the provincial governor's spokesman, said on Monday.

Muhaddin blamed Taliban militants for the blast on Sunday, but declined to provide further details.

Militants also ambushed a police patrol in the western province of Farah, sparking a gunbattle that left one officer and two attackers dead, a regional governor said.

In Panjwayi, NATO troops used artillery and aircraft to inflict "heavy casualties against Taliban fighters," an alliance statement said.

First Published: Aug 21, 2006 17:34 IST