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News, July 2011
5 NATO-Led Soldiers, 11 Afghani Policemen Killed, 2 Fuel Tankers Destroyed in Taliban Attacks, More Civilians Killed in NATO Attacks
July 31, 2011
Deadly blast targets Afghan police Ten policemen and a child killed Lashkar Gah
By News Wires (text)
Ten policemen and a child were killed Sunday when a suicide car bomber struck outside police headquarters in the southern city of Lashkar Gah, local officials said.
The attack came days after control of security in the city, the capital of Helmand province, passed from foreign to Afghan forces in a process which will see all foreign combat troops leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
Some experts question the ability of Afghan soldiers and police to protect their country against attacks from the Taliban, who claimed responsibility for the latest blast, and other insurgents.
Daud Ahmadi, spokesman for Helmand's provincial governor, said 11 people had been killed and nine wounded.
"Among the dead there is one child and 10 others are policemen. Wounded are seven policemen and two civilians," he said.
"The explosives were placed in an SUV (sports utility vehicle)."
The blast happened at around 8:30 am (0400 GMT) in front of the heavily-secured police headquarters as Afghan police left to go on a patrol, a statement from the governor's office added.
The Taliban published a statement on their website claiming responsibility for the attack in Helmand, one of the most dangerous provinces in Afghanistan and a focus of the war in the south.
"A large number of policemen were gathered and a hero of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan struck and exploded his vehicle laden with explosives," the statement said.
A doctor at the local hospital, speaking on condition of anonymity, had earlier said it had received six bodies and 13 wounded in the wake of the explosion.
"The wounded are being treated and we've made calls to families of the deceased to collect the bodies," he said.
The blast comes amid ongoing concerns over the ability of the Afghan security forces, which are receiving huge sums of money from the international community in a bid to build them up.
There are currently at least 126,000 police in Afghanistan and thousands more are being trained up in programmes financed by countries in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
However, they have faced allegations of corruption and also struggle with factors including low literacy rates among recruits.
The Afghan police and army are frequently targeted in attacks by the Taliban and other insurgents in a bid to undermine President Hamid Karzai's government in Kabul.
There are currently roughly 140,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan, of which about 100,000 are from the United States.
Some nations have already started withdrawing troops ahead of the 2014 deadline.
The attack follows a spate of assassinations in southern Afghanistan in recent weeks, including that of President Hamid Karzai's powerful half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, in neighbouring Kandahar province.
Karzai was killed by his bodyguard earlier this month, while Kandahar mayor Ghulam Haidar Hameedi was assassinated last week by a suicide bomber who hid explosives in his turban.
4 NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan
KABUL, July 31, 2011 (Xinhua) --
Four NATO soldiers were killed in separate incidents in Afghanistan on Sunday, the military alliance said.
"Three International Security Assistance Force service members died as a result of a non-battle related injury in western Afghanistan today." said a statement issued by NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) here.
According to the statement the fourth soldier was killed in an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan.
However, the brief statement did not reveal the nationalities of the victims, only saying "It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities."
Troops mostly from Italy have been stationed in western Afghanistan while troops from U.S., Britain, Canada and Australia have been deployed in the southern region within the framework of ISAF to fight Taliban militants.
Sunday's casualties bring to 335 the number of NATO service member who lost their lives since beginning this year in insurgency-hit country.
Editor: Mu Xuequan
Blast kills 10, injures 15 in Afghanistan
Press TV, Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:23AM GMT
A bomb blast has killed at least ten Afghan policemen and
injured 15 others, including civilians, in the southern city of Lashkar
Gah in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.
US-led soldier killed in Afghan blast
Press TV, Sun Jul 31, 2011 5:44AM GMT
A roadside bomb has killed a soldier with the US-led
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in eastern Afghanistan.
US-led operation kills Afghan civilians
Press TV, Sat Jul 30, 2011 2:35PM GMT
Latest reports say a US-led military operation has killed a
large number of civilians and wounded several others in the troubled
Two US-led troops die in Afghan war
Press TV, Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:14PM GMT
Two US-led NATO soldiers have been killed in eastern
Afghanistan as foreign forces experience some of their deadliest days in
the war-ravaged country.
Two US-led troops killed in Afghan war
Press TV, Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:52PM GMT
Two more US-led troops have been killed in Afghanistan as the
death toll of foreign forces continues to rise in the war-torn country.
2 NATO tankers destroyed in Pakistan
Press TV, Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:54PM GMT
NATO oil tankers supplying fuel to US-led forces in Afghanistan
are one of the favorite targets of local militants. (file photo) Two
NATO oil tankers supplying fuel to US-led forces in Afghanistan have
been destroyed by a roadside bomb in northwestern Pakistan.
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