Attacks kill district chief and 11 Afghan police

July 11, 2010 15:34

KABUL, Afghanistan— Militant attacks in once-calm northern Afghanistan killed at least 11 police officers and a government official whose car was hit by a remote-controlled bomb, officials said Sunday.

Insurgents in Kunduz province overran a checkpoint near the northern border with Tajikistan on Saturday, killing at least six of the nine border police stationed there, provincial deputy police chief Abdul Rahman Aqtash said.Also in Kunduz on Saturday, militants killed the chief of Qala Zal district by remotely detonating a bomb as he passed in his car, killing him and his bodyguard, the Ministry of Interior said.

Five other police died Saturday when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in northeastern Badakshan province, which is next to Kunduz, the ministry said in a statement.

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