KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Two policemen were beheaded and their bodies dumped in a desert after they were kidnapped from their homes in the heartland of Afghanistan's opium poppy region, an official said Saturday.
In other violence, a car carrying explosives blew up this morning near the convoy of a senior politician in Kabul, the Afghan capital, killing two suspected suicide attackers and a bystander. Four people were wounded, police said.
Sibghatullah Mojaddidi, head of a commission leading efforts for reconciliation between the Afghan government and Taliban militants, was driving to work when the explosion occurred on a Kabul street.
Mojaddidi and others in his convoy were not hurt, police official Zalmay Huryakhil said.
The violence Saturday in the southern province of Helmand was the latest to hit there since Afghan security forces launched a massive campaign earlier in the week to eradicate hundreds of acres of opium poppies, which are used to make heroin.