Twin bombs kill 1, wound 9 at Afghan checkpoint

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two bombs exploded at a checkpoint outside a provincial governor's compound in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least one police officer and wounding nine people, an official said.

The explosions struck in the early morning in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province. The first bomb wounded a policeman, and the second was remotely detonated minutes later as police swarmed to the blast scene to secure it.

The second explosion killed one police officer and wounded five policemen and three civilian passers-by who were on their way to a nearby park, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the governor

Abdulzai said that authorities were investigating how insurgents were able to plant the bombs despite heavy security near the governor's compound.

Taliban militants have been ramping up attacks on government forces lately, seeking to destabilize Afghanistan as more foreign troops prepare to draw down from the 12-year war.

Another roadside bomb in Nangarhar on Saturday ripped through a police vehicle, killing two and injuring three other police officers.