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Suicide bomber kills police in Afghanistan

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 26, 2013 at 10:15 a.m.

— At least 12 people were killed in bombings around Afghanistan on Saturday, including 10 policemen who died when a suicide bomber driving a motorcycle blew himself up in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province, officials said.

Kunduz provincial police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Husseini said the policemen, including the head of the provincial counterterrorism department and the traffic police chief, were killed at an intersection in Kunduz city. He said 14 other policemen and five civilians were wounded in the explosion.

Saad Mukhtar, the head of the Kunduz health department, confirmed the death toll.

Earlier on Saturday, a remote-controlled bomb planted on a bicycle exploded, killing one police officer and one civilian in the eastern city of Ghazni. Provincial police chief, Gen. Zirawer Zahid, said another five people were wounded.

Suicide attacks by insurgents have become a near daily occurrence around Afghanistan.

On Friday, a suicide car bomber killed five civilians and wounded another 25 in a botched attempt to hit a convoy of NATO supply trucks in eastern Afghanistan. The bomber missed the convoy, which suffered no damage. The attack took place in Tagab district of eastern Kapisa province.

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