Two US soldiers, Afghan police officer killed in explosions
Two US soldiers were killed Wednesday in a roadside bomb blast in eastern Afghanistan while an Afghan police officer died in a similar attack in the country's south, officials said, DPA reported.
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) announced the deaths of the soldiers without providing details.
Their killings took to 12 the number of US soldiers who have died so far in attacks in January.
Last year, 520 NATO soldiers, including 317 US troops, died in the Afghan conflict, making it the deadliest for international troops since their deployment in the Central Asian country in late 2001.
A police officer was killed and six others were wounded Wednesday in a roadside bombing in Ghazni province, police officer Mohammad Halim said.
Also in the south, three civilians and three police officers were wounded Wednesday in a suicide bombing in Kandahar province, the birthplace of the Taliban movement, the Afghan Interior Ministry said.
The attack, which was carried out by a bomber driving an explosives-filled truck, happened in the Daman district, a ministry statement said, adding that three vehicles were destroyed in the bombing.
The target of the attack was not known, and there were no claims of responsibility.
Taliban militants, who have grown larger in number and extended their influence to wider swaths of the country in the past three years, rely heavily on suicide and roadside bombings as part of their insurgency.