Taleban bombs kill at least 10 police in Afghanistan

Afghan security forces are seen through the shattered glass of a bus at the scene of the roadside bomb blast in Kabul on Nov 10, 2014. Bombs exploded in three cities in Afghanistan on Monday killing at least 10 policemen, officials said, a day a
Afghan security forces are seen through the shattered glass of a bus at the scene of the roadside bomb blast in Kabul on Nov 10, 2014. Bombs exploded in three cities in Afghanistan on Monday killing at least 10 policemen, officials said, a day after a Taleban suicide bomber blew himself in Kabul's police headquarters killing one person. -- PHOTO: AFP

KABUL (Reuters) - Bombs exploded in three cities in Afghanistan on Monday killing at least 10 policemen, officials said, a day after a Taleban suicide bomber blew himself in Kabul's police headquarters killing one person.

The Taleban were ousted from power in 2001 by US-led forces and they have been fighting ever since to oust foreign troops and the US-backed government, even as most foreign forces are pulling out by the end of this year.

The militants claimed responsibility for two of the attacks, which killed the policemen, seven of them in the eastern province of Logar province when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the provincial police headquarters.

In Nangarhar province, also in the east, three policemen were killed in the city of Jalalabad by a bomb planted in a rickshaw, officials said.

It was not clear who was behind the third blast, in Kabul, caused by a bomb planted in a flower bed near a university. It wounded three people.

Taleban violence has increased as foreign troops have withdrawn, leaving Afghan security forces to fight alone or with limited air support.

The police and army have suffered heavy losses as a result. A top US commander in Afghanistan recently said the casualty rate among Afghan government forces was "not sustainable".

The Taleban also claimed responsibility for the Sunday suicide bomb attack on police headquarters in the capital.