Afghan police killed in car bombing
At least six police officers have been killed in a suicide car bombing in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar.
The blast happened when an armoured Humvee packed with explosives tried to enter police headquarters in Maiwand district, according to Haji Mohammad Nadir, a member of Kandahar's provincial council.
The bomber detonated the explosives at the first checkpoint when he was identified by security forces, Nadir said, adding that seven others had been injured in the blast and that the number of casualties may increase.China concerned as US as deals fall apart
Claiming responsibility for the attack, Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said a large number of police officers had been killed and injured.
Humvees are expensive armoured vehicles provided by the US to the Afghan army. However, the Taliban have stolen dozens in the recent past and are increasingly using them for suicide attacks.
Attacks on security posts and bases are increasing across the country and have become a weekly, sometimes daily, occurrence in recent months.EU: UK should pay $98 billion for Brexit
As the war intensifies, Afghan security forces are becoming overwhelmed and demoralised, contributing to NATO's decision to increase the number of international troops in Afghanistan this year.
Many of the additional soldiers are supposed to help train the Afghan army and police.