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Taliban Kill Seven Police In Ambushes

April 1, 2007 -- A police official in southern Afghanistan says suspected Taliban insurgents have attacked two convoys of Afghan police, killing seven policemen and wounding four others.

AP quoted Kandahar Province police chief Esmatullah Alizai as saying the ambushes occurred in the border area between the Spin Boldak and Shorawak districts.

After the first convoy was attacked on the night of March 31, the chief told the news agency, the suspected Taliban attacked a second convoy that came to help the first.

Accused Spies Hanged

Elsewhere, a local Taliban commander in Helmand Province, Mullah Abdul Qasim, was quoted today as saying that the Taliban reportedly hanged three men accused of spying in southern Afghanistan.

He said the three men confessed to being spies for NATO and the Afghan government.

He said two Taliban commanders were killed as a result of information from the three men.

NATO and Afghan troops are currently conducting a spring offensive in the province.

Suicide Bombing

In eastern Afghanistan today, a suicide car bomber killed at least three people.

Police in the city of Mihtarlam in Laghman Province said the blast occurred near an Afghan army convoy.

The three killed were reportedly children. Several other people were injured, but the numbers are not clear.

(AP, AFP, Reuters)


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