Suicide bomber targets NATO convoy, one Afghan policeman killed

Other News Materials 2 May 2011 16:05 (UTC +04:00)

A suicide bomber Monday attacked a joint patrol of NATO and Afghan forces in southern Afghanistan, killing a policeman, officials said.

The bomber rode a motorbike towards the patrol, opened fire and killed one policeman, the Helmand governor's office said in a statement, DPA reported.

The attack took place in Sangin district.

The bomber detonated his explosives-packed vest when he came close to the patrol, the statement said. There were no causalities among the foreign forces, it added.

The volatile southern province is a Taliban heartland where foreign forces have claimed fragile gains since the troop surge last year. The insurgents had declared their spring offensive would start on Sunday.