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PublishDate: Sunday, January 20, 2013 12:00

Bomb blast kills two policemen

Militants use improvised explosive devices, including roadside bombs, against foreign troops and civilians.

Two policemen have been killed in a bomb attack carried out in southwestern Afghanistan.

A roadside bomb struck a police van in the southwestern province of Nimruz, about 790 kilometers southwest of the capital, Kabul, on Thursday. 

“A mine planted by militants on a road in Mahajirabad area outside Nimruz provincial capital Zaranj, struck a police vehicle at 1:30 p.m. local time today killing two policemen aboard the vehicle and injuring two passersby, both women,” said a local official.

Militants use improvised explosive devices, including roadside bombs, against foreign troops and civilians.

In the first six months of 2012, over 1140 civilians were killed and around 2000 were wounded, mostly by roadside bombs, according to statistics released by the United Nations. Thirty percent of the casualties were women and children.

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