JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Two policemen were killed and two others wounded Wednesday in roadside bombing in eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, said a provincial government spokesman.
"One Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detonated by a remote control device at round 10:00 a.m. local time along Nangarhar-Kunar highway. The blast took place when an Afghan Local Police (ALP) vehicle was running at the area. As a result two ALP cops were killed and two more wounded," spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai told Xinhua.
They were in charge of providing security in Shewa district locating just northeast of provincial capital Jalalabad city, 120 km east of Afghan capital Kabul, he said.
The ALP, or community police, was established by government in August 2010 to protect villages and districts around country where army and police have limited presence.
He noted that an ALP commander named Sheikh Akram was the obvious target of the attack as Akram was also wounded in the incident.
No group has claimed the responsibility yet. But the Taliban insurgent group, which is fighting an insurgency in its 12th year, regularly claims responsibility for such attacks.
The Taliban has launched massive IED attacks against Afghan national security forces and foreign troops in recent years.
The Taliban urged civilians to stay away from official gatherings, military convoys and centers regarded as the legitimate targets by militants besides warning people not to support the government and foreign troops.