A policeman has been killed and three civilians were injured after a bomb strapped to a donkey exploded at a police post in Afghanistan.
Local government spokesman Sarhadi Zwak says the animal blew up in front of the checkpoint in the Alingar district of Laghman province.
Mr Zwak said Taliban militants were responsible for the bomb, which was remotely detonated. Insurgents are finding new ways to thwart stepped up security measures in their bid to undermine confidence in the Afghan government.
Violence in the country has escalated as US and other foreign combat forces prepare to withdraw by the end of 2014.
Donkey bombs are uncommon in Afghanistan, although the militants are having to find increasingly bizarre ways to get explosives close to their intended targets.
Oh, good: donkey bombs are uncommon. There’s no donkey bomb trend. It’s only a tiny minority of donkey bombers. So relax, willya?
Female suicide bombers are regularly used by the Taliban, with children even reportedly being trained to carry out attacks.
Today’s incident comes after insurgents wearing Afghan army uniforms launched a suicide attack and stormed a courthouse in a failed bid to free Taliban inmates, killing at least 46 people.
The attack began when nine men wearing suicide vests drove into the capital of Farah province in western Afghanistan, evading checkpoints by using army vehicles, according to the provincial police chief.
The stand-off ended some eight hours later when the last gunman was killed….