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Roadside bomb kills 7 Afghan police, 2 civilians

February 28, 2013|By Hashmat Baktash

KABUL, Afghanistan – Seven Afghan border police were killed Thursday when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan, officials said. Two civilians also were killed.

The incident occurred about 4 p.m. while the team of border police officers was conducting a patrol in Dangam, a district in eastern Kunar province, said Wasifullah Wasifi, the spokesman for the provincial governor. A third civilian, a woman, was wounded, he said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the incident, but Taliban insurgents routinely plant roadside bombs.

The bombing came a day after officials said that Taliban insurgents killed 10 Afghan police officers and seven others at a government-backed outpost in Ghazni, another unstable eastern province.

Local officials said that a member of the Afghan Local Police, a U.S.-sponsored paramilitary force, drugged his comrades during their evening meal, which allowed Taliban insurgents to overrun the post and fatally shoot the victims.

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