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Bombs and ambush killed 10 police in Afghanistan

Roadside bombs and an ambush have killed at least 10 Afghan policemen over the past 24 hours in Afghanistan, officials said today.

KABUL // Roadside bombs and an ambush have killed at least 10 Afghan policemen over the past 24 hours in Afghanistan, officials said today.

Four policemen were killed in Musa Qala district of the volatile southern province of Helmand today when a roadside bomb they were trying to defuse exploded, provincial spokesman Daud Ahmadi told AFP.

"All four policemen trying to defuse the bomb died on spot when the bomb detonated" he said.

Another roadside blast killed two policemen and wounded two others in Kunduz province in the country's northeast, provincial police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Husseini told AFP.

In Herat province in Western Afghanistan a militants' ambush killed four police on patrol late on Tuesday.

"Late last night a Taliban ambush killed four policemen, including one officer in Ghoryan district", Abdul Rauf Ahmadi a spokesman for security forces in western Afghanistan told AFP.

The Taliban, who have waged a bloody 10-year war against foreign and Afghan military forces, claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks in Herat and Kunduz provinces on their website.

Afghan security forces are particular targets of the Taliban, as they prepare to take over full responsibility for security from 130,000 foreign troops by 2014.

Roadside bombs remain one of the Taliban's weapons of choice, along with suicide bombers and commando-style raids.

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