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Three Afghan police die, British wounded in blasts

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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Apr 14 (Reuters) Separate blasts in Afghanistan today killed three policemen and wounded six people including two British peacekeepers, officials said.

Afghanistan has seen a surge of attacks on Afghan and foreign forces since the Taliban announced last month they had launched a spring offensive.

The three policemen were killed when a remote-control bomb hit their truck on a main road outside the southeastern town of Khost, said provincial police chief Mohammad Ayoub.

Three policemen, including a senior officer, were wounded, he said.

Earlier, two British soldiers from a NATO-led peacekeeping force were among three people wounded in suicide car-bomb attack in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of the southern province of Helmand.

A suicide bomber rammed his car into a vehicle near the entrance of a base used by foreign troops, said senior provincial official Mahaiuddin, who uses one name.

The bomber was killed, he said.

A spokeswoman for Britain's defence ministry said three people had suffered non-life-threatening wounds in the blast. Two of them were British soldiers, she said.

A suicide car-bomb attack wounded three Americans in Lashkar Gah last week and three British soldiers were wounded in a roadside bomb blast in Helmand on Monday.

The Taliban have been fighting since their ouster in late 2001 to force foreign troops out of the country and overthrow the Western-backed government.

REUTERS SI ND1448

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