Oct 20, 2020 19:20 UTC
  •  Blasts kill dozen policemen in southwest Afghanistan

Two separate roadside bomb explosions have killed at least a dozen policemen, including a district police chief, in Afghanistan's southwestern Nimruz Province.

Nematullah Sediqqi, a member of Nimroz's provincial council, said that two back-to-back explosions took place near the center of the Kang district of the troubled province on Tuesday.

In the first incident, at least five policemen were killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by militants struck their vehicle in the area.

Separately, seven policemen, including the Kang district police chief, lost their lives when a bomb targeted their vehicle.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the latest attacks, which came hours after a string of bomb blast killed at least five civilians in Maidan Wardak Province.

Also, on Sunday, a huge explosion targeting the police headquarters in the western Afghan province of Ghor left at least 12 civilians dead and more than 100 others wounded.

The recent violence comes amid talks between the Taliban militant group and the Afghan government, which started in the Qatari capital of Doha last month.