2 roadside bombings kill 7 in Afghanistan

Three police officers and four civilians were killed Thursday in separate roadside bombing attacks in Afghanistan, officials said.

Three police officers and four civilians were killed Thursdayin separate roadside bombing attacks in Afghanistan.

Two bombs were detonated at about the same time in two provinces, Afghan officials said.

The first bomb went off in the eastern province of Khost near a convoy of NATO troops and Afghan police.

Three police officers were killed and two wounded, said a spokesperson for the Khost provincial governor. No NATO troop soldierswere injured.

The otherbomb went off in the western province of Herat near a convoy of border police. Four civilians were killed and six people, including a border police commander and his bodyguard, were wounded. The dead included civilians on foot and bicycles.

The bomb, detonated by remote control, exploded on a bridge on a highway south of the city of Herat near the border with Iran as the convoy was passing by, said Reuters.

Herat is considered one of the safest areas of Afghanistan. The country, however, is witnessing one of its most violent years since the Taliban leadership was toppled in late 2001.

About 4,000 Afghans have died this year.

Canada has more than 2,000 troops in Afghanistan, with the majority stationed in the southern province of Kandahar.

Forty-four Canadian soldiers and one diplomat have been killed since Canada first sent troops to the country in early 2002.

With files from the Associated Press