Convoy ambush kills 11 in Afghanistan

Insurgents attacked a police convoy in central Afghanistan today, killing 11 police and wounding one, an official said.

Around the same time, a clash in the same region left one Taliban insurgent dead and wounded two others, police said.

The convoy attack occurred in the Qarabagh district of Ghazni province, said the province’s deputy governor, Kazim Allayar. He said at least three police vehicles were destroyed.

No information was immediately available on whether any insurgents were killed.

The clash between the police and insurgents occurred in the Mullah No area of the province.

Dowlat Khan, a local police commander, confirmed the casualties.

Militant fighters have stepped up attacks on Afghanistan’s fledgling police, who have little training and weaponry. Last year more than 900 police were killed in militant attacks.

Also today, a bomb exploded about 150 yards from a UN office in eastern Afghanistan, wounding two people, officials said.

General Mohammad Ayub, the provincial police chief of Khost province, said a man carrying the explosives intended to put them under a bridge but they detonated early. The attacker survived but was in serious condition in the hospital. A woman passing by was wounded.

Aleem Siddique, a spokesman for the UN mission in Afghanistan, said it was too early to conclude that the UN building in Khost city was deliberately targeted.

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