Kandahar: Two roadside bombings, minutes apart, killed an Afghan policeman and wounded four others in the southern city of Kandahar today, an Afghan officer said.

Officer Shamsullha, who like many Afghans goes by only one name, said the first explosion struck a police car as it drove down a street in Kandahar city in the morning hours, killing one officer and wounding two.

As other policemen who were nearby rushed to the site of the blast, a second explosion went off, wounding two policemen, said Shamsullha.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Taliban have launched their annual spring offensive, promising to step up attacks against Afghan security forces in a bid to undermine the Western-backed government as foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw from the country by the end of the year.

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