Bombs kill 5 police, 2 civilians in Afghanistan

A bomb strapped to a parked bicycle exploded near a construction office in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing one employee and a child about 11 years old, police said. Meanwhile, five police officers died when a police vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Kandahar province's Shorawak district, said Gen. Saifulah Hakim, a border police commander. He said two officers were also wounded in the explosion. It was unclear whether the construction company was the target of the bicycle bomb attack in Kandahar city. The city's deputy police chief, Abdulah Khan, said officers were investigating but did not yet know if the attack was connected to the Taliban insurgency. Khan said four employees of the construction company were wounded in the blast.