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Militants increasingly using roadside bombs

28 September, 2012

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KANDAHAR: The police chief on Thursday said the Taliban had no courage to enter a face-to-face battle with Afghan forces, thus increasingly using roadside bombs, a key reason behind soaring casualties among forces in the southern province of Kandahar.

Col. Rahmatullah Atrafi told reporters at the governor's house that the rebels had recently intensified roadside bomb attacks against government forces, who detected more than 10 bombs on a daily basis in Kandahar city limits and nearby districts.

He said roadside bombs remained a key factor behind increasing deaths among security forces and civilians.

Atrafi said police had often suffered casualties when they tried to rescue civilians.

"Police have been killed on many occasions by the insurgents after they had arrived at the site of a bomb attack and then a second bomb goes off," he said.

The police chief accused the rebels of hiding among people after carrying out bomb attacks. "They have no value for a human life," Atrafi said.

About 93 mines were found and defused over the past two weeks in Kandahar city and districts, the police chief said, adding only few mines had exploded during the period, inflicting casualties both on civilians and police.

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