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Twin blasts, skirmishes leave 18 Afghans dead in single day


09:34, July 17, 2012

KABUL, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Taliban-linked roadside bombings and firefights have claimed the lives of 18 Afghan people across the militancy-plagued country in a single day, officials said Monday.

In the latest wave of violent incidents, a roadside bomb struck the vehicle of district governor in the relatively peaceful Kunduz province, 250 km north of Afghan capital Kabul, Monday afternoon wounding three people, police confirmed.

"It was roadside bomb designed to target Nizamudin, the governor of Khan Abad district, but fortunately he escaped unhurt, " police officer Zamarai told Xinhua.

Zamarai said the driver of Nizamudin along with two others sustained injuries in the blast. But an official who declined to be identified said more than 10 people were injured in the blast, some of them in critical condition.

Another roadside bomb struck a car in southern Taliban birthplace Kandahar province in the morning rush hour leaving three people dead and wounding three others.

"The tragic incident happened at around 10:00 a.m. local time when a mine planted by militants on a road in Spin Boldak district struck a civilian car killing three commuters and wounding three others," provincial police chief Abdul Razeq told Xinhua.

All the victims were innocent civilians, he stressed.

The Kandahar police chief blamed Taliban militants for organizing the attack. However, the outfit fighting the government is yet to make comment.

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