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Taleban attack kills 11 policemen

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Taleban insurgents have attacked a police post in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, killing at least 11 policemen, an official has said.

The attack took place in the Arghandab district on Sunday night.

Police vehicles and weapons were also seized by the attackers, the senior police officer said.

In a separate incident, two British members of the Nato force have been killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan.

The blast happened on Sunday, said a spokesman from the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf), and two other soldiers were injured.

Battles

Also during the weekend, a suicide bomber struck a road construction crew in the Khashrod district of the south-western Urozgan Province, killing two Indian engineers and their Afghan driver.

Taleban insurgents in Kandahar have been fighting some of their fiercest battles against international and Afghan forces.

An Afghan man sits on top of a police checkpoint alongside a police vehicle burnt out by the Taliban in the Arghandab district of Kandahar province on April 14, 2008
A police vehicle was burnt out during the storming of the checkpoint

Hundreds of policemen have been killed by militants in the province in the last year.

Analysts say police are often easy targets because they have less training and weaponry, and work in smaller teams than Afghan or Nato soldiers.

Violence involving the Taleban and other armed groups is having an impact on the humanitarian situation in the south of the country, according to the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Jakob Kellenberger said, at the end of a week-long trip to Afghanistan, that he had expressed concern during his meetings with President Hamid Karzai and others.

"I was very much insisting on the protection of civilians and said 'there must be ... a distinction between civilians and those who are participating directly in combat'," he said.

Mr Kellenberger also said he welcomed the decision by the Americans to establish enemy combatants review boards for detainees at Bagram airbase, but added that prisoners held at Bagram were concerned about their fate.





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