Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Roadside bomb kills 11; Afghan policeman kills 5 colleagues

Roadside bomb kills 11; Afghan policeman kills 5 colleagues

The incident occurred in Mohammad Agha district of Logar province, where a passenger vehicle hit the landmine that led to the death of all five women, an elderly man and five children traveling in it, the district chief Mohammad Naseer told Anadolu Agency.

The victims were members of one family and they were travelling after attending a wedding party in the mountainous province, said the official.

Among those killed were five women and four children.

In Kapisa, the Taliban attacked a police checkpoint early Friday morning, killing five policemen, according to Qais Qaderi, the spokesman for the provincial governor.

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USA military convoys usually undertake missions together with Afghan security forces.

The officer turned his rifle on colleagues on Thursday night in the eastern Nangarhar province at an outpost in the district of Ghanikhil, governor Abdul Wahab Momand said.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attacks on Friday.

He added that after the shootings, the attacker, whose name was only given as Nasratullah, collected his victims' firearms and fled the scene.

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The forces also seized weapons and defused several roadside bombs planted by militants during the raids launched in 17 of the country's 34 provinces, the statement said.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, another roadside bomb targeted a U.S. militarily convoy in northern Parwan province on Friday, the worldwide mission's media officer, Doug High, said.

Insider attacks involving security personnel against their comrades are often reported in restive provinces and districts for which the Taliban group usually claims credit.

Without sharing more details, a US military spokesman told VOA "the disabled vehicle is being recovered and the convoy will continue and complete its mission".

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