Afghanistan: 3 killed as police thwart bombing -

Afghanistan: 3 killed as police thwart bombing

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By Stephanie Baumer By Stephanie Baumer

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen in Afghanistan shot dead a policeman and two civilians on Wednesday after security forces stopped the car and motorcycle in which they were traveling, both of which were loaded with explosives.

Provincial police chief Gen. Fazel Ahmad Sherzad said police suspected that they were on their way to government offices in Batikot district, in the eastern Nangahar province near the border with Pakistan.

When police stopped the vehicles a total of six gunmen opened fire, killing the three people and wounding seven civilians, said police spokesman Hazerat Hussain Mashreqiwal. He said some of the gunmen were killed, but did not provide an exact number. Police later seized the explosives-laden vehicles.

In central Uruzgan province, also a hotbed of insurgent activity, a policeman killed three of his fellow officers and wounded another five while they ate dinner on Tuesday, said the governor's spokesman, Dost Mohammad Nayab.

The gunman fled after the shooting, he said, adding that the motive of the attack was not yet known.


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