Suicide bomber kills 10 police in Afghanistan

From the Associated Press

A suicide bomber blew himself up in southern Afghanistan, killing 10 police and wounding 11, and a roadside bomb in the east left one NATO soldier dead, authorities said Thursday.

The suicide attacker walked into a room full of policemen eating lunch at a checkpoint near the Pakistan border, said provincial police chief Sayeed Agha Saqib.

In another echo of the conflict in Iraq, militants used a roadside bomb against North Atlantic Treaty Organization-led forces in the east, leaving one soldier dead and wounding two others, the alliance said. It did not release the soldiers’ nationalities.

In western Afghanistan, kidnappers who had demanded a $40,000 ransom released a German man and his translator, officials said. It was unclear whether a ransom had been paid.