KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - Five people, including two
policemen and three civilians, are dead after a suicide bomber
attacked a police drug eradication unit in southern Afghanistan.
An official says 17 people were wounded in the attack and the
Taliban claimed responsibility.
The attacker struck the patrol in the capital of Helmand
province, a major drug-producing area.
The members of the force were traveling in a convoy of vehicles
headed for nearby districts to eradicate poppies.
Authorities initially reported four dead policemen, but the
casualty figures were later revised.
Afghanistan is the world's largest producer of opium, the main
ingredient in heroin.