Bomb blast kills 5, including police general, in central Afghanistan

Five policemen, including a public order police commander, were killed when their vehicle was struck by a homemade bomb on the outskirts of Afghanistan's capital Kabul province, an official said on Saturday. 

"Gen. Abdul Sattar Hashimi was returning home from his duty station in Azra district of Logar province" when he was killed by the blast late Friday, said Salim Saleh, the provincial governor's spokesman for the restive province of Logar. 

Hashimi was the head of a public order brigade in Azra district.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Afghan army general Abdul Basir Shirwand was killed in a similar incident in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province in May.

Last update: Sat, 06/08/2016 - 12:21
Author: 

More from World

Trump cancels Pacific trade deal, predicts "wave" of US manufacturing

The United States is withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, according to an executive...

Lawsuit accuses Trump of violating Constitution with foreign business

Newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump's failure to fully divest from his businesses is allowing him to...

Iraqi forces take control of eastern Mosul from Islamic State

This story is being retracted because the Iraqi Defence Ministry now says the information was released on...

Yemeni government forces seize Red Sea port city of Mokha

Yemeni forces loyal to the Saudi-backed government captured the south-western port city of Mokha on Monday, pushing...

Testy start to Syria talks in Astana though both sides back ceasefire

Syrian government and rebel negotiators exchanged barbs as talks on bolstering a shaky ceasefire got started Monday...