Roadside bomb kills 11; attacks kill 10 Afghan policeman

Roadside bomb kills 11; attacks kill 10 Afghan policeman

A roadside bombing killed 11 people in eastern Afghanistan on Friday as they were travelling to a wedding in the country's east, a local official said.

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.

The attack came just hours after an Afghan policeman turned his rifle on his colleagues while they slept at an outpost in eastern Nangarhar province on Thursday night, killing five.

Five women, five children and a man in a vehicle were killed in Logar province on Friday. The Provincial Governor said 10 Taliban fighters were also killed, including two commanders.

He added that after the shootings, the attacker, whose name was only given as Nasratullah, collected his victims' firearms and fled the scene.

Mostly women and children died in the attack that occurred in the Mohammad Agha district of Laghman province, however no militant group has so far claimed responsibility. The Taliban have stepped up their attacks since announcing their spring offensive last month.

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

In the first four months of 2017, some 987 child casualties were reported from conflict-related incidents - a record high for the period since the United Nations began documenting such cases.

Hours earlier on Friday, a roadside bomb hit an American military convoy north of the capital, Kabul, but "no injuries have been reported", said the US military.

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

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