Bomb kills nine Afghan police

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Monday, March 12, 2007

The Farah province in western Afghanistan borders the Helmand and Uruzgan provinces, home to an active Taliban insurgency.

A roadside bomb killed nine Afghan police officers earlier today, including one local commander, and another was left critically wounded. The remotely-controlled bomb attack was made on a police convoy travelling in the Bakwa district of Farah.

The district commander of Bakwa was also killed in the attack. The area lies on a major heroin smuggling route to Iran. Ministry spokesman Zemerai Bashary said that said that one of the vehicles in the convoy was destroyed in the explosion.

Taliban leaders have previously told reporters that they intend to step up attacks during the spring season and coalition commanders have asked for more troops to meet the expected escalation in fighting.

Elsewhere in the same province on Sunday, a police post was attacked by Taliban insurgents. The attack left two militants dead and one wounded.

In Helmand, coalition and Afghan troops led by the U.S. clashed with suspected Taliban Insurgents. The coalition was targeting an alleged anti-aircraft weapons trafficker. The battle happened earlier today in Gareshk district and left two militants dead. Two Afghan troops and one coalition soldier were lightly wounded.