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Bombing targeting Afghan local police kills 7

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber targeting a village police commander blew himself up in a bazaar in a lawless part of eastern Afghanistan, killing seven people, an official said Saturday.

Clashes and bombings around Afghanistan in the past two days have claimed the lives of 15 people, including 11 Afghan policemen and four civilians. Afghan forces have been in the lead for security around the country since mid June, when foreign forces handed over control. The Taliban has stepped up attacks since then and is seeking to take advantage of the withdrawal of foreign troops that will see all international combat forces leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

Insurgents increasingly have been targeting Afghan security forces and government officials. Late Friday, a suicide bomber targeted a village police commander in Qarabagh district of Ghazni province, according to authorities. The bomber on a motorcycle loaded with explosives killed local police commander Dawlat Khan, three of his men, and three civilians.

Deaths

As of Saturday, 2,117 U.S. troops have died in the war in Afghanistan. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:

• Army Spc. Anthony R. Maddox, 22, Port Arthur, Texas; died Monday in Landstuhl, Germany, after noncombat-related incident in Andar.

• Army Spc. Rob L. Nichols, 24, Colorado Springs, Colo.; explosion Tuesday; Soltan Kheyl.

• Army 1st Lt. Jonam Russell, 25, Cornville, Ariz.; explosion Tuesday; Soltan Kheyl.

• Army Sgt. Stefan M. Smith, 24, Glennville, Ga.; explosion Tuesday; Soltan Kheyl.

Bombing targeting Afghan local police kills 7 07/27/13 [Last modified: Saturday, July 27, 2013 8:44pm]
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