Insurgents behead 6 Afghan police in north: NATO

July 21, 2010 4:53:08 AM PDT
Six Afghan policemen were beheaded following an insurgent attack in northern Afghanistan, NATO said Wednesday. The military coalition said the militants attacked a number of government buildings Tuesday, including a police checkpoint, in Baghlan province's Dahanah-ye Ghori district. The attackers overran the checkpoint and decapitated the six policemen, NATO said.

Also Wednesday, a NATO service member was killed by an explosion in the south, according to NATO. The nationality of the victim was not released. The death brought the number of NATO service members killed this month to 65.

Violence and casualties have surged in recent months in Afghanistan. June was the deadliest month for U.S. and international forces with the deaths of 103 service members, including 60 Americans.