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Bombing in northern Afghanistan kills 4 civilians

Nato troops and Afghan security forces arrive at the site of burning NATO supply trucks after an attack by militants in the Torkham area near the Pakistani-Afghan in Nangarhar Province June 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Parwiz)

KABUL: A bomb hidden in a push cart and detonated by remote control near a government building in northern Afghanistan killed four people Wednesday while a rocket attack near the Kabul airport wounded four, officials said.

The explosion, which struck early in the morning near the governor's building in Dawlat Abad district, also wounded 13 civilians, said Sayed Massoud Yaqoubi, the police spokesman in Faryab province.

Meanwhile, Kabul police chief spokesman, Hashmat Stanikzai, said that four people were wounded when two rockets struck near Kabul's international airport overnight.

One of the projectiles hit a house near the airport, wounding four civilians inside it, including a woman, said Stanikzai. The other rocket struck an open area and caused no damage.

Separately, an Interior Ministry statement said that three insurgents were killed late Tuesday night as they inadvertently detonated a roadside bomb they were trying to plant in the Domanda district in eastern Khost province.

No one claimed responsibility for the attacks in Faryab and Kabul, but the Taliban have stepped up their offensive against Afghan security forces to undermine the Western-backed government as foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw by the end of the year.

 

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