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Motorcycle Blast Kills 15 in Afghanistan

20 novembre 2009

Afghan police say a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle has blown himself up in southwestern Afghanistan, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens more.

The bomb exploded Friday in a busy area of Farah city, the capital of Farah province. The provincial governor told reporters the blast occurred not far from his compound.

Police officials say at least one of the dead was a police officer and many others were civilians. Officials say the death toll may rise as many of the wounded are in critical condition.

Separately, police officials said a roadside bomb killed three civilians in eastern Khost province.

The attacks come one day after Hamid Karzai was sworn in for a second term as president. During the inauguration ceremony  Mr. Karzai stressed security will be a priority for his administration and said he will work to to transfer the leading role for security from international forces to the Afghan army within five years.

That day, following the tightly-guarded inauguration ceremony in Kabul, Afghan officials said a suicide bomber in the south of the country killed 10 civilians and wounded 13 others.  A separate bombing killed two U.S. soldiers in eastern Zabul province.

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