Bomb attacks kill 19 in Afghanistan

Monday, April 07, 2014

Two separate bomb attacks on Monday leave 15 civilians and four policemen dead, two days after the presidential polls

Two separate bomb attacks on Monday leave 15 civilians and four policemen dead, two days after the presidential polls

KABUL, Afghanistan – Fifteen civilians were killed in Afghanistan on Monday when a roadside bomb exploded in the southern province of Kandahar, with another bomb attack in Herat killing four policemen.

Four people including a woman were heavily wounded in the explosion that occurred in Kandahar's Maywand district, said press spokesperson for Kandahar Governor, Davhan Menapal.

A statement from the Afghan Ministry of Internal Affairs put the death toll at 13 and said 5 others, including a child, were wounded.

President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack, which came two days after the presidential elections. He said such attacks proved that the perpetrators were enemies to innocent civilians.

Menapal said Taliban militants launched a suicide attack on the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) convoy in the Tor Manda region.

It prompted ISAF to shut off the main road, forcing civilian vehicles to follow other routes. One had the roadside bomb.

Four policemen were killed in the western province of Herat in a separate attack on Monday, a district governor said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming it killed five people.

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