25 police, soldiers killed in Afghanistan
Twenty-five policemen and soldiers have been killed across insurgency-hit Afghanistan in fresh -- mainly Taliban-linked -- violence, authorities said yesterday.
Sixteen policemen were killed when their post in the southern province of Kandahar -- a hotbed of Taliban activities -- was attacked by Islamic rebels on Saturday, the interior ministry said.
Two other police officers were killed Monday in a roadside bomb blast in Musa Qala -- a town in southern Helmand province -- which was captured from the Taliban by Afghan and Nato forces this month, a district chief said.
Taliban militants claimed credit for the latest blast.
Similar bomb attacks killed five Afghan soldiers -- one of them in eastern Paktia on Monday and four others in southern Uruzgan a day earlier, the defence ministry said in a statement.
Two other soldiers died in a road accident Sunday in the southern province of Zabul, which is also hit by the Taliban insurgency.