Four police officers killed in Afghanistan roadside bombing
At least four police officers have been killed in a bomb explosion that destroyed their vehicle in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Paktia.
The incident took place in the Sayid Karam district on Wednesday evening when the policemen’s patrol car hit a buried explosive device, provincial police chief General Zalmai Oryakhail said on Thursday.
No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the act of terror; but such incidents are usually blamed on Taliban militants.
Roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are by far the most lethal weapons Taliban militants use against Afghan forces, foreign troops and civilians.
Meanwhile, the Afghan Interior Ministry said army troopers had killed 59 Taliban militants and wounded about three dozen others in a series of clean-up operations across the strife-torn country over the past 24 hours.
The operations, backed by security forces, were carried out in the provinces of Badakhshan, Faryab, Helmand, Kabul, Kunduz, Logar, Nangarhar, Paktia and Takhar, it said in a statement on Thursday.
The ministry, however, did not provide any information about potential casualties among soldiers and security forces.
Afghan soldiers also confiscated light and heavy weaponry and defused several rounds of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Afghanistan is gripped by insecurity 14 years after the United States and its allies invaded the country as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror.