Seven killed, eight children wounded in Afghan fighting and blasts

thecheers.org    2007-12-24 04:47:42    

Two police, two Taliban fighters and three civilians were killed in clashes and explosions in Afghanistan while eight children were wounded when a rocket shell they were playing with exploded in Kabul, officials said Monday.
Kabul (dpa) - Two police, two Taliban fighters and three civilians were killed in clashes and explosions in Afghanistan while eight children were wounded when a rocket shell they were playing with exploded in Kabul, officials said Monday.

One police officer was killed and three were wounded when their vehicle was hit Sunday by a roadside bomb in the Wata Pur district of the eastern province of Kunar, provincial police chief Abdul Jalal said.

In the southern province of Ghazni, police fought with a group of insurgents Sunday in the Gelan district, killing a local deputy commander of the Taliban and his bodyguard, said Khan Mohammad, the provincial police chief.

There were no casualties among the police forces, he said.

Two civilians were killed and four were wounded Sunday in the Shah Walikot district of the southern province of Kandahar when a roadside bomb hit their vehicle, said Mohammad Omar, operational chief of the Kandahar police.

A police officer and a villager were killed Sunday in the same province when a mine hidden under a body exploded in the Panjwayi district, Omar added.

"A villager saw a dead body and immediately informed the police," Omar said, adding, "As the policeman and the villager were lifting the dead body, the hidden mine exploded and killed both men."

In the capital, eight children were wounded Monday as a rocket shell they were playing with exploded in the northern part of the city, Interior Ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary said.

Bashary said the children were rushed to hospital, where they were reported to have non-life-threatening injuries.

Millions of mines and unexploded ordnance have been left behind over three decades of conflict in Afghanistan. They kill and maim dozens of Afghans each month.


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