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Roadside bomb kills 11; attacks kill 10 Afghan policeman

20 May 2017

Those killed by the roadside bomb in Logar province — five women, five children and a man — were all from the same family, said Salim Salleh, the spokesman for the provincial governor of Logar.

Also on Friday, in Kapisa province, five Afghan policemen were killed in fighting with the Taliban militants. The Taliban has stepped up attacks since announcing the spring offensive last month.

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.

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A roadside landmine on Friday claimed 11 lives, including five women and five children, of a family in Afghanistan.

Separately, an Afghan policeman has gunned down five colleagues in the eastern Nangarhar province.

The overnight incident of a so-called "insider attack" happened at an outpost in the Ghanikhil district.

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He said the incident took place after a civilian vehicle struck an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), leaving all those on board dead. After recovering the vehicle, the convoy continued on its mission, he added.

Afghanistan has the highest number of mine victims in the world, which along with roadside bombs kill or wound about 140 people every month.

Momand says that after the shootings, the attacker, whose name was only given as Nasratullah, collected all the victims' firearms and fled the scene. "They were going to attend a wedding ceremony."No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the United Nations has criticized insurgent groups like the Taliban for using roadside bombs that often strike civilians".

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Roadside bomb kills 11; attacks kill 10 Afghan policeman