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6 Dead as Afghan Insurgents Ambush Policemen; Al-Qaida Suspect Killed in Raid


Officials in Afghanistan say suspected Taleban insurgents have attacked a police convoy in the western province of Farah, killing six policemen and wounding three others.

The ambush took place Tuesday on a road between Gulistan district, in the east of Farah, and Farah city, in the center of the province. Afghan authorities say one of the policemen killed was a former police chief in Gulistan.

In a separate incident, the U.S. military says coalition and Afghan forces killed a suspected al-Qaida member Tuesday during a raid in the eastern province of Khost.

U.S. officials say the man was killed as he tried to flee a residential compound in the village of Yaqubi, disguised as a woman. The raiding party also detained 13 suspected militants and confiscated bomb-making materials.

The operation in Khost was aimed at finding a known al-Qaida facilitator responsible for weapons and explosives smuggling, U.S. officials said, but it is unclear if the target was the man killed in the raid.

Afghanistan's Farah province has been relatively peaceful in recent years, but it borders more volatile regions in the south, such as Helmand province, where Taleban rebels frequently stage attacks on local forces and foreign peacekeepers.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.