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Suicide bomber kills policeman in Afghanistan

Suicide bomber kills policeman in AfghanistanKABUL: A suicide bomber killed a policeman and injured five civilians at a checkpoint in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan on Thursday, a local official told AFP.

“At around 8:00 am local time, a man wearing a suicide vest walked into a traffic post in the centre of Kunduz city,” the head of the local provincial council, Mahboobullah Mahboob, said.

“A guard tried to prevent him from entering the post, the suicide attacker detonated explosives strapped to his body.”

“One traffic policeman was killed and five civilians were injured in the explosion.”

It is thought that the civilians wounded were shopkeepers working near the traffic post.

It was the second serious attack against Afghan security forces in Kunduz in four days.

On Sunday, four militants armed with guns and suicide vests attacked an army recruitment centre, killing eight people in a day-long siege.

Witnesses told AFP that the militants had exchanged fire with hundreds of Afghan and Nato-led US and German troops until dark but were eventually killed.

That incident came on the same day as five Afghan military personnel were killed in the Afghan capital Kabul when suicide bombers targeted an army bus.

Experts warn that the Taliban insurgency is increasingly active in northern Afghanistan, despite having its traditional powerbase in the south.

The United Nations envoy to Afghanistan, Staffan de Mistura, warned Wednesday that the Taliban could attempt “spectacular attacks” in Afghanistan in the coming months.

He added that the security situation may deteriorate before improving.

A limited withdrawal of some international troops is expected to take place from July 2011.

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