Twin bombings kill 5 in Afghanistan

Afghan policemen are seen at the site of a blast in Afghanistanâ„¢s Helmand Province, July 11, 2013.

At least five people, including two police officers, have been killed in twin bombings in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand Province.

A provincial government spokesman, Ummar Zawaq, said the policemen lost their lives on Thursday in Marja District, where they had rushed to the scene of an earlier roadside bomb attack that had already killed three civilians.

Zawaq added that the second blast also inured a third officer.

No group has claimed responsibility for the deadly incident. Afghan officials have blamed Taliban militants for the bombings, though.

Improvised explosive devices, including roadside bombs, are by far the most lethal weapons the Taliban militants use against Afghan forces, foreign troops, and civilians.

In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual Å“offensive” against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.

The militant group said it would use Å“every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces.

The announcement prompted Afghan authorities to tighten security in major cities across the country, including the capital, Kabul.

The increasing number of casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger against the United States and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war, which began in 2001.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in the noted year as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but the country is still gripped by insecurity.

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Republished with permission from: Press TV