Afghan Bombings Kill at Least 18 Local Policemen, Officials Say

At least 18 policemen were killed in two separate bomb attacks in Afghanistan last night, according to provincial government officials.

Eight officers and two detainees died and seven others were wounded after their vehicle hit a bomb in the southern city of Kandahar, Jawid Faisal, a spokesman for the Kandahar province, said in a telephone interview. Ten policemen, including the local heads of counter-terrorism and traffic police departments, were killed by a suicide bomber in the northern Kunduz region, said Enayatullah Khaliq, a spokesman for the province.

“Our police forces had been tasked to patrolling suspicious areas in the east part of Kandahar,” said Faisal. “They defused a first bomb and detained three people on suspicion. While heading back to their base, another planted bomb exploded, hitting vehicles.”

Zabihullah Mujahed, a spokesman for the Taliban, claimed responsibility for the Kunduz suicide bombing, which also injured 19 people including five officers, in an e-mail.