KANDAHAR (AFP) - A Taliban bomb attack killed 10 Afghan police returning from a recruitment centre in southern Afghanistan’s restive Helmand province on Thursday, the local government said.

The victims were members of the US-funded Afghan Local Police (ALP) set up last year and touted as key to a handover of security control, which will see all foreign combat troops leave Afghanistan in theory by the end of 2014. “Ten local police were killed and one was injured after their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province,” provincial governor’s spokesman Daud Ahmadi said. “The police were on their way back from a recruitment centre.”

Three of the ALP officers were newly recruited, he added. The Taliban, who frequently use roadside bombs to attack Afghan and US-led Nato troops, claimed responsibility for the attack.