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Policemen killed in blasts claimed by Taliban

Policemen killed in blasts claimed by Taliban

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Mar 07, 2011 - 14:21

JALALABAD (PANinfo-icon): Talibaninfo-icon insurgents on Monday claimed responsibility for twin bomb attacks in Jalalabad city, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province.

Two policemen were killed and 25 others, including nine civilians, wounded in the explosions, which happened before noon in front of the Eidgah mosqueinfo-icon, the interior ministry said.

But a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, told Pajhwok Afghan News that 10 policemen were killed and 15 injured in the back-to-back bombings. He denied civilian casualties.

At the time of the attacks, a meeting of provincial council members and religious scholars was in progress at the mosque, said the Nangarhar the governor's spokesman, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai.

The target was foreign advisors, who came from the US base at the Jalalabad airport to attend the meeting, were the target of the explosions, Mujahid added.

One of the bombs, placed on a handcart, was detonated by remote control, Abdulzai said. He had no information regarding the second blast that took place in the same neighbourhood moments later.

But a witness, Asadullah, said the second blast targeted a police pick-up. Several policemen were injured, he added.

Ten civilians were among the injured brought to the Jalalabad Civil Hospital, a Public Healthinfo-icon Department official said. The injured are said to be in stable condition.

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