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PublishDate: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 12:00

Four Afghan police killed in bomb attack

All four men inside the vehicle were killed, including Mahmud-i-Raqi police commander Jan Agha Faizi, he said.

It was the latest of a series of attacks as warm weather has brought renewed fighting to much of the country and the Taliban have pledged to step up assaults on Afghan security forces AP reported.

The blast on Sunday struck the second vehicle in a four-truck convoy that was driving through Mahmud-i-Raqi, the capital of Kapisa province, said provincial spokesman Qais Qaderi. All four men inside the vehicle were killed, including Mahmud-i-Raqi police commander Jan Agha Faizi, he said.

Qaderi added that the bomb appeared to have been detonated remotely and that he believed Faizi was the target of the attack.

The Afghan army and police are now in charge of security for areas home to half the nation’s population, with coalition forces in a support role. The international alliance hopes to keep handing over control until Afghan forces are fully in charge by the end of 2013, with the majority of international combat troops scheduled to withdraw from the country by the end of 2014.

The handover of responsibility for security in Kapisa province has not yet been scheduled.

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