At least three policemen have been killed in an incident where a roadside bomb ripped through their patrol vehicle in Afghanistan’s central - eastern province of Ghazni.
According to province ' s deputy governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, the blast took place on Sunday in province’s Zana Khan district. Local officials say that the victims included Mohammad Hussain, the deputy police chief, and his two bodyguards. Meanwhile, the Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid issued a statement saying “Today was our first day of the new operation, and we conducted many operations in several provinces such as Ghazni province…”
This comes after the Taliban pledged to step up its attacks on the US-led foreign forces in the country and the Afghan government. A Taliban spokesman said on Saturday that a new wave of offensives would begin on April 28. Roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are by far the most lethal weapons Taliban militants use against Afghan forces, foreign troops, and civilians. Violence continues to plague Afghanistan despite the presence of thousands of foreign forces, over a decade into the US-led invasion of the country in 2001. According to statistics released by the United Nations, in the first six months of 2012, over 1,140 Afghan civilians were killed and around 2,000 were wounded, mostly by roadside bombs. Thirty percent of the casualties were women and children.