May 18th, 2011
12:16 PM ET

14 dead in attack on police bus in Afghanistan

A suicide attack in an eastern Afghan province Wednesday killed 14 people and wounded 18 others, police said.

The suicide bomber targeted a police bus that was coming from a training academy, said Alisha Paktiawal, police chief of Nangarhar province. The dead included 10 police.

Militants often target security forces in Afghanistan. An explosion in April killed three police academy trainers in Nangarhar.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack in a statement and blamed it on terrorists intimidated by the growing strength of Afghan security forces.

Journalist Matiullah Mati contributed to this report.

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May 18th, 2011
11:06 AM ET

At least 10 dead as Afghans protest NATO raid victims

At least 10 people were killed and 70 injured Wednesday during protests against a NATO raid that Afghan officials say killed civilians in northern Afghanistan, according to local officials and German military officers.

Protesters clashed with police during the demonstrations attended by about 4,000 people, said Gov. Abdul Jabar Taqwa of Takhar province.

They were protesting an attack Tuesday night that NATO said killed four insurgents, including two armed females.

However, a deputy governor said the victims of the attack included a man, his wife and a guest not linked to any insurgent group.

Afghan officials said 11 people were killed during the protests, while German officials put the death toll at 10.

Workers relax in Kabul on Wednesday, the morning after a NATO strike killed four insurgents, including two armed females.
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Militants attack security post in Pakistan, killing 2
Relatives and officers carry the coffin of a Pakistani policeman killed during a militant attack in Peshawar on Wednesday.
May 18th, 2011
11:04 AM ET

Militants attack security post in Pakistan, killing 2

More than 60 militants attacked a security checkpoint Wednesday, killing two security personnel and wounding five others in northwest Pakistan, police said.

Ten militants were killed in the gun battle that occurred in a village near Peshawar, a senior police official said.

This attack comes a day after a contentious clash between NATO troops and Pakistani forces in the same area.

On Tuesday, two Pakistani soldiers were injured during clashes with NATO forces.

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