Roadside bomb kills 11; Afghan policeman kills 5 colleagues

Roadside Bomb Kills 11 Afghan Policeman Kills 5 Colleagues

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

There were five women and five children among the dead.

Salim Saleh, spokesman for the governor in Logar, said it is the work of the Taliban to lay such landmines in a bid to target the government forces, but often civilians find themselves in the middle of the conflict.

There was also no claim of responsibility for the attack in Logar, but Salleh accused the Taliban of planting the roadside bomb.

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

Violence has been on the rise as Afghan security forces struggle against a surge in attacks by the Taliban since the drawdown of foreign forces over the past two years.

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A policeman has shot and killed five of his colleagues as they slept in eastern Afghanistan.

The explosion disabled an armored vehicle but caused no injuries, High said.

A roadside landmine claimed 11 lives of a family in southeastern Afghanistan on Friday, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency. After recovering the vehicle, the convoy continued on its mission, he added.

After the shooting, the attacker, who was only identified by one name, Nasratullah, seized all the victims' firearms and fled the scene, the governor said.

Nangarhar is where Islamic State militants stormed the provincial headquarters of the state-run Ration Television of Afghanistan, or RTA, earlier this week.

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