Four killed in fresh Taliban attacks
Suspected rebels killed two policemen in Afghanistan while a blast claimed the lives of two militia soldiers working with security forces.india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 15:34 IST
Suspected Taliban rebels killed two policemen in Afghanistan while a bomb blast claimed the lives of two militia soldiers working with security forces, officials said on Thursday.
About 60 suspected Taliban rebels armed with machine-guns and rockets raided the police post in southwestern Nimroz province on Wednesday, killing at least one policeman and injuring four others, the provincial governor said.
Some Taliban fighters also appeared to have been killed in the nearly two-hour gunfight, judging by blood and ripped clothes and shoes left at the scene, governor Ghulam Dastagir Azad said.
A purported Taliban spokesman confirmed the clash but said the guerrillas did not suffer any casualties.
"Yes, we carried out that attack but we had no casualties. We believe four police were killed," Qari Yousuf Ahmadi told the agency by satellite phone from an unknown location.
Ahmadi said the Taliban were also behind two attacks in central Ghazni province yesterday in which another policeman and two militia soldiers were killed.
The policeman was shot dead by two men on a motorbike, provincial governor Haji Sher Alam said. The two militiamen were killed in a remote-controlled bomb blast, he said.
At least six US soldiers helping to hunt down Taliban remnants have also been killed in action this year.
Four US troops were killed on Monday when their vehicle struck a bomb in volatile Uruzgan province.