6 police killed in attack in Afghanistan

Afghanistan security forces are seen in Kabul on June 25, 2013, after an attack by Taliban militants.

At least six Afghan policemen have lost their lives in a roadside bomb attack in southern province of Uruzgan, Press TV reports.

The incident took place overnight in Deh Rawud District of the province.

The police men were coming back from a mission when their vehicle ran over the bomb, said district governor Aminullah Khaleqi on Tuesday.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the bombing.

In southern Kandahar Province, another roadside bomb killed near a dozen people including eight women and two children on Tuesday.

The roadside bomb attacks came as a series of explosions and gunfire rocked the central part of Afghan capital Kabul.

Heavy gun firing and explosions occurred in early hours of Tuesday near the Presidential Palace and the Ministry of Defense in an area of the city where there are many official buildings and diplomatic missions including the US embassy.

Thousands of people have been killed in attacks carried out by the Taliban militant group and the US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan over the past years.

Violence continues to plague the country despite the presence of thousands of foreign forces, more than a decade after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

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This article originally appeared on: Press TV