Policeman kills 5 colleagues in Afghanistan

Afghanistan

A roadside landmine claimed 11 lives of a family in southeastern Afghanistan on Friday, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

The incident occurred in Mohammad Agha district of Logar province, where a passenger auto hit the landmine that led to the death of all five women, an elderly man and five children traveling in it, the district chief Mohammad Naseer told Anadolu Agency.

The Taliban instantly took credit for the violence, claiming it left several US soldiers dead, though the insurgent group often issues inflated tolls for such attacks.

He said ten of the Taliban militants taking part in the attack were killed by Afghan forces.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan voiced alarm when five boys from one family were killed earlier this month by an unexploded mortar round in Laghman.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, another roadside bomb targeted a USA military convoy in northern Parwan province on Friday, the global mission's media officer, Doug High, said.

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Eleven Afghan civilians were killed after a vehicle ran over a Taliban-planting roadside bomb in eastern Logar province Friday, a local official said.

The explosion disabled an armoured vehicle but caused no injuries, High said.

Abdul Wahab Momand, district governor, says the policeman turned his rifle on colleagues Thursday night in eastern Nangarhar province at an outpost in the district of Ghanikhil.

Last year, at least 3,498 civilians were killed and 7,920 were wounded in ongoing violence across the country, an increase of 3 percent over 2015, according to a United Nations report released in February.

The shooter fled the scene after collecting firearms of the victims.

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