Accidental blasts kill 9 (Afghanistan)

KABUL -- Three accidental explosions in the Afghan capital have left nine people dead and more than 20 wounded, including some drug squad police.


In one incident, a policeman dropped a rocket-propelled grenade that exploded as his unit set off from Kabul on an opium poppy eradication mission, interior ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary said.
Three policeman were killed in the blast, Bashary said.

At least eight others were wounded, said Dr. Ahmad Zia Aftali, chief of the hospital where the injured were taken for treatment.
Also yesterday, four children died and one was injured when an old artillery shell they were playing with exploded, Bashary said.

Another police official, identified as Sayed Ekramudin, said two civilians were killed and 13 others wounded in an explosion Sunday at a refuse dump in the city's northern outskirts. Ekramudin said a truck had hit a buried explosive.
After decades of war, Afghanistan remains littered with unexploded ordnance.

Separately, insurgents shot at and hit a military-contracted civilian helicopter yesterday in eastern Afghanistan, forcing the aircraft to land in Kunar province, the U.S.-led coalition said in a statement.
"The aircrew inspected the aircraft and found one bullet hole that did minor damage to the helicopter," it said.

In the country's south, NATO troops killed two insurgents and arrested four others during a clash Saturday, the alliance said.
The militants were killed in Tarin Kot, the capital of Uruzgan province, during a patrol in which NATO troops also discovered a bomb-making factory.
No alliance troops were injured during the clash.

Von: 6.5.2008, AP/

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