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Governor: 6 killed by suicide bomber

January 10, 2009

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— A suicide bomber detonated explosives strapped to his body inside a produce shop in southern Afghanistan on Friday, killing six people, the provincial governor said.

The bomber was apparently targeting a police official who was inside the shop, said Ghulam Dastagir Azad, the governor of Nimroz province. The explosion in the provincial capital killed the official and five civilians, he said.

Nimroz Police Chief Gen. Jabar Pardeli confirmed the figures. Four shops were also destroyed in the blast.

Separately Friday, three U.S. soldiers were killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan, said Col. Greg Julian, a U.S. military spokesman.

The assault followed a coalition strike on a bomb-making network in Zabul on Thursday in which the U.S. military said five militants were killed.

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