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Attack on Afghan police convoy kills 4, injures 12

January 18, 2015

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide car bomber attacked a police supply convoy Sunday in Afghanistan, killing four people and wounding 12, an official said.

Mohammad Ismail Hotaki, a police official in Helmand province, said three of the dead and 11 of the wounded were police officers. Afghan police have suffered heavy casualties as insurgents step up their attacks in the wake of the withdrawal of most foreign troops from Afghanistan at the end of last year.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, hundreds of university students in the eastern province of Nangarhar protested on Sunday afternoon against the continued publishing of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, said Zakrullah, 25, a university student in Jalalabad, the capital of the province.

The protesters chanted “Death to France” inside the main university compound with police providing a security perimeter for them.

“We will continue to protest. The insult to our prophet is not acceptable to us,” said Zakrullah, a fourth-year agriculture student who, like many Afghans, goes by only one name. “We demanded our government close down the French embassy in Kabul as well as cut off all diplomatic relations with France.”

On Saturday Afghan President Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the latest Muhammad caricature on the cover of the new Charlie Hebdo issue, and called it an insult to Islam and the Muslim world.

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