Bombs kill 5 police, 2 civilians in Afghanistan
A bomb strapped to a parked bicycle exploded near a construction office in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing one employee and a child about 11 years old, police said, according to AP.
Meanwhile, five police officers died when a police vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Kandahar province's Shorawak district, said Gen. Saifulah Hakim, a border police commander. He said two officers were also wounded in the explosion.
It was unclear whether the construction company was the target of the bicycle bomb attack in Kandahar city. The city's deputy police chief, Abdulah Khan, said officers were investigating but did not yet know if the attack was connected to the Taliban insurgency.
Khan said four employees of the construction company were wounded in the blast.
Such attacks are common in southern Afghanistan, where the Taliban insurgency has regained control of large areas in the past three years after having been routed from control of the country in 2001.
Many of the 21,000 additional U.S. troops streaming into Afghanistan as part of an effort to turn back the Taliban resurgence are being stationed in the country's volatile southern provinces.