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Two suicide blasts in Afghanistan
May 28, 2008 / 8:27 AM / 9 years ago

Two suicide blasts in Afghanistan

(Updates)

KABUL, May 28 (Reuters) - An Afghan civilian was killed and at least nine wounded in two suicide attacks in the south of the country on Wednesday, the latest in a wave of violence in the region.

Separately, a soldier from the NATO-led force was killed by a roadside bomb during a patrol in eastern Afghanistan, the alliance said. Four soldiers were wounded.

In the first of the suicide attacks, a bomber attacked a police vehicle in Laskar Gah, the provincial capital of southern Helmand province, killing a civilian and wounding seven, a security official said.

Another attack took place at the entrance to a building used as base by Afghan and foreign troops in the southeastern province of Khost, officials from the province said, adding two Afghan forces were wounded.

The blast took place after guards fired at a vehicle carrying two suspected bombers dressed in army uniform, an official said.

Violence has escalated in Afghanistan in the past two years, the bloodiest period since Taliban’s removal from power in 2001.

The al Qaeda-backed Taliban largely rely on suicide attacks and roadside bomb blasts as part of their insurgency against the government and foreign troops.

(Writing by Sayed Salahuddin; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)

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