Attacks kills five policemen in Kabul, top policeman lightly wounded

September 24, 2008 09:35


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A bomb blast in Afghanistan's capital lightly wounded Kabul's chief criminal investigator and killed two of his guards Wednesday, an official said. The bomb blast apparently targeted Gen. Ali Shah Paktiawal, the head of criminal investigations for the Kabul police, said Zemeri Bashary, the Interior Ministry spokesman. Paktiawal was investigating an overnight killing of three officers at a checkpoint in Kabul's western outskirts when the blast struck his team, Bashary said. The explosion lightly wounded Paktiawal. Paktiawal is a high-profile police official who rushes to the scenes of bombings and personally leads raids on the city's numerous criminal gangs. He is protected by a large security detail.

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