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Afghan official says roadside bomb kills 5 police in east

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan official says a roadside bomb has killed five border police and wounded four others in eastern Nangarhar province.

A vehicle carrying the officers struck the mine in Achin District on Thursday, police officer Qais Saifi told The Associated Press on Friday.

No one immediately took responsibility but Saifi blamed the Islamic State group, saying they regularly plant roadside bombs to target Afghan officials and security forces.

IS has a strong presence in Nangarhar, where Afghan and U.S. support troops have targeted their outposts

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a van hit a roadside mine in northeaster Kunar province, killing three people and wounding 16 others Wednesday, said Abdul Ghani Musamim, spokesman for the provincial governor.

Afghanistan is one of the world’s heaviest mined countries.