Kabul: At least nine police personnel were killed and three others were wounded in a suicide bomb blast in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar, officials said on Tuesday.
“A terrorist tried to make his way in an Afghan Local Police (ALP) camp in Babar Tangai area of Chawkay district roughly at 8 pm on Monday. The ALP personnel intercepted the bomber after he was identified, but the attacker detonated his explosive, causing the casualties,” provincial government spokesman Ghani Musamim told Xinhua news agency.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far, but the Taliban and the Islamic State fighters have presence in the mountainous province.
The government established the ALP, or community police, in 2010 to protect villages and districts around the country where army and police have limited presence.
The Afghan security forces’ casualties have risen since the beginning of 2015 when Afghan soldiers and police assumed full responsibilities of security from the US and NATO troops.