Suicide bomber explodes car, killing 2 Afghan police officers
From Qadir Sediqi, for CNN
October 12, 2013 — Updated 0701 GMT (1501 HKT)
- The Taliban claim responsibility, boast they killed 10 officers
- Attack wounds eight more people, government says
- This week, U.S. forces capture a high-ranking leader of the Pakistani Taliban
(CNN) — A suicide bomber killed two police officers when he detonated his explosive-laden car in an Afghan province Saturday, a government spokesman said.
The early morning explosion near the entrance of a police command in Nangarhar province wounded eight more people, said provincial spokesman Ahmadzia Abdulazai.
The Taliban, who took responsibility for the attack, claimed a higher death toll. They boasted that they had killed 10 officers and wounded dozens in the area near the border with Pakistan.
The Taliban and their Pakistani Taliban counterpart, Tehrik-e-Taliban, often carry out terrorist attacks in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
This week, a top-level Pakistani Taliban leader was captured by U.S. forces in a military operation, a State Department spokesman said Friday.
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan confirmed its deputy chief, Latif Mehsud, was arrested in Afghanistan’s Khost province in the border region.
CNN’s Ben Brumfield contributed to this report
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