Monday, July 9, 2012

Taliban Roadside Bomb Kills 5 Afghan Police Officers

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban struck multiple targets across Afghanistan on Monday, killing five police officers with a roadside bomb in a relatively peaceful province but failing to inflict heavy casualties with their multipronged assault in Kandahar, Afghan officials said.

The attacks highlighted both the geographic breadth of the Taliban’s reach and the limits of its capability. The insurgents have repeatedly mounted audacious assaults on targets in large cities, but have not killed many Afghan soldiers and police or foreigners — their stated targets — in the most recent attacks.

Instead, the Taliban’s most deadly tactic remains planting roadside bombs, especially on rural byways where they are less likely to be detected and defused by Afghan or coalition forces. Read More