Roundup: 2 blasts kill 5, wounds 13 in S. Afghanistan

Roundup: 2 blasts kill 5, wounds 13 in S. Afghanistan

KABUL, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Two bomb blasts rocked Zabul and Helmand provinces in the southern region of Afghanistan where Taliban militants are more active than any part of the country on Tuesday, claiming the lives of five people and wounding 13 others, officials confirmed.

Both the blasts occurred in a span of 60 minutes, according to officials.

In the latest blast which took place in the shape of roadside bombing against police in Zabul province, three policemen were killed and three others including a district police chief sustained injuries, deputy to Zabul provincial governor Mohammad Jan Rasoulyar said. "The police chief of Arghandab district was on way to provincial capital Zabul city when a mine planted by militants struck his motorcade at 01:30 p.m. local time, killing three of his guards and injuring three others," Rasoulyar told Xinhua.

He also admitted that Abdul Rahman, the police chief of Arghandab district, is among the injured personnel, saying Rahman was slightly injured in the attack.

In the earlier attack which happened in Taliban former stronghold the Helmand province, two persons lost their lives and 10 others sustained injuries, spokesman for Helmand's provincial government Omar Zawak said. "The terrorists planted explosive device onto a motorbike and detonated it at 12:30 p.m. local time in a bazaar in Marja district today leaving two civilians dead and injuring 10 others," Zawak told Xinhua.

He also said that the casualties could be higher as investigation is underway to determine the exact figure of the casualties and the nature of the blast.

Taliban-linked militancy seems to have gone up in Afghanistan over the past week, particularly since adoption of tough stance by President Hamid Karzai to ink a security pact with Washington before the end of 2013.

According to the officials, Taliban-linked bomb blasts in the eastern Nangarhar and Wardak provinces had left 5 persons dead and injured 25 others on Monday.