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At least 6 Afghan police killed in two separate incidents

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • 6 Afghan policemen killed, 2 injured in blast
  • NEW: Taliban claims responsibility for separate suicide bombing
  • NEW: Taliban says 9 police officers dead, 23 wounded

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Six Afghan policemen were killed and two others were wounded Sunday in a roadside mine explosion, according to the governor of Afghanistan's Badakhsan province.

Separately, the Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing, saying the attack killed nine policemen and wounded 23 others. Local officials could not immediately confirm the casualties.

Taliban spokesman Zadiullah Mujahid said the suicide attack happened in Karway Saray, Khost province. At 7:45 p.m. (11:15 a.m. ET), a suicide bomber entered an Afghan police compound with an explosives-laden vehicle and detonated the explosives, he said.

Mobariv Zadran, spokesman for the Khost governor, confirmed the explosion but had no further details.

Earlier, the six Afghan policemen were killed in the roadside blast that occurred about 11 a.m. (2:30 a.m. ET) in the Darayoum district of Badakhsan province, said Baz Mohammad Ahmadi, the provincial governor. The mine struck a police vehicle patrolling as part of a counter-narcotics program, he said. Drug smugglers are believed to have planted the mine.

The counter-narcotics program started six months ago, and will continue until the province's level of narcotics is at zero, Ahmadi said.

Separately, four Taliban leaders were killed in the Baharak district of Badakhsan province in a National Directorate Security staff operation early Sunday, Ahmadi said.

Journalist Matiullah Mati contributed to this report for CNN.