Roadside bomb attacks killed 10 Afghan soldiers ahead of the handover this week of full security responsibility for the country, the Defence Ministry said on Monday.

“Five soldiers were killed in Kandahar, Logar and Badkhshan provinces while five others were killed in Helmand province in roadside bombings,” the Ministry said in a statement without giving further details. The date of the attacks was not stated.

This week, the Afghan National Security Forces are to assume security responsibility for the country from NATO-led troops.

Provincial police chief

Meanwhile, a provincial police chief escaped unhurt in a suicide attack on Monday in the southern province of Helmand, but two of his bodyguards and two civilians were injured, a spokesman for the Governor said.

“The attacker detonated his explosives-laden car close to the convoy of Mohammad Nabi Elham on Monday morning in Lashkargah city, as he was on the way to his office,” Omar Zwak said.

“Elham was not hurt, but two of his bodyguards in the second car and two civilian passersby were wounded,” Mr. Zwak told DPA.

Taliban fighters killed

Separately, 11 Taliban fighters were killed in a series of police operations in the previous 24 hours.

“The operations were launched in Ghazni, Badakhshan, Baghlan, Kandahar, Uruzgan and Logar provinces,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement.