GHAZNI: An explosion killed four Afghan police including a district chief yesterday as they attempted to defuse a roadside bomb in the restive south, officials said.
Afghanistan has seen a flare-up in violence ahead of the second-round presidential election on June 14, with Taliban insurgents threatening to disrupt the polls.
Yesterday’s blast occurred as Mohammad Qasim and his team attempted to defuse one of two roadside bombs found in Waghiz district of Ghazni province.
"They defused the first bomb and while they were trying to defuse the second one nearby, it detonated and killed them," provincial spokesman Shafiq Nang said. One policeman was wounded in the attack and taken to a nearby hospital, deputy police chief of Ghazni, Assadullah Safi, said while confirming the incident.
The incident comes after 16 policemen were killed in a series of attacks in the space of 24 hours last month, as security forces gear up to guard the election.
Providing security for the vote is a key test for Afghan police and soldiers, with the bulk of 51,000 Nato combat troops due to pull out of the country by December after more than a decade fighting the Taliban.
No one has claimed responsiblity for Yesterday's attack, but roadside bombs are the Taliban's weapon of choice in their war against the foreign and Afghan forces. The Taliban insurgency began shortly after the group’s fall from power following the 2001 war in Afghanistan.
The Taliban forces are fighting against the Afghan government, led by President Hamid Karzai, and against the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The insurgency has spread to some degree over the Durand Line border to Waziristan region and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. AFP