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Taliban bomb kills Afghan police

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  • Two police officers killed by roadside bomb; Taliban claims responsibility
  • Attack occured in southern Afghan city of Kandahar
  • Coalition troops kill Taliban commander, 18 militants in operation in Tagab Valley
  • Another Taliban commander killed in separate operation in Panjawi district
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KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- The Taliban claimed responsibility for a roadside bomb that killed at least two police officers in Kandahar Tuesday, while coalition troops said they killed 22 militants, including two Taliban commanders, in raids elsewhere.

Two police officers died when a bomb targeting their vehicle went off Tuesday morning in the center of the southern city of Kandahar, said Zulmai Ayoubi, the spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province. The blast wounded two other officers and a civilian.

"I was just standing in front of the butcher shop when the IED exploded," said resident Abdul Kader.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef claimed responsibility for the attack and said the action killed five police officers.

On Monday, coalition forces conducted several raids in eastern and southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said.

In Kapisa, troops killed Taliban commander Mullah Patang and 18 other militants during an operation to disrupt a terrorist network in the Tagab Valley, located about 50 kilometers (32 miles) north of Kabul, the military said.

Mullah Patang was in direct contact with and carried out orders from senior Taliban leaders in Afghanistan and abroad, the military said. It also said Patang was responsible for numerous roadside bombs nd direct attacks against civilians and troops.

The second Taliban commander, Mullah Abdul Rahim Akund, was killed in an operation in Panjawi district, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) southeast of Kandahar City, the military said. Another armed militant was killed.

Akund planned and coordinated roadside bombs throughout the province, the military said.

Troops also killed an armed militant in Zabul province.

Javed Kakar in Kandahar contributed to this report.

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