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Violence Continues Across Afghanistan

7 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- The past 24 hours have seen a number of violent incidents across Afghanistan.

Afghan officials say eight suspected Taliban militants were killed after Afghan and U.S.-led troops raided their hideouts yesterday in southeastern Zabul Province.

The U.S. military could not confirm the encounter.

Elsewhere in the country yesterday, one Afghan policeman was killed when militants attacked a police checkpoint in eastern Wardak Province.

The U.S.-led military coalition said it detained a suicide bomber at a base near the Pakistani border as he tried to detonate a series of explosives attached to his body.

In another encounter yesterday, the Defense Ministry said Afghan troops killed a regional Taliban commander and captured six others in the central province of Uruzgan.

The increase in violence comes ahead of next month's parliamentary polls, which the Taliban have vowed to derail.

(compiled from agency reports)