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Roadside bomb kills 10 in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A police truck packed with officers and detainees struck a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan’s largest city, killing 10 of those aboard, officials said Sunday.

It was one of four blasts on Saturday that left more than two dozen dead across the country.

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In the Kandahar explosion, police had driven to a residential neighborhood at night to inspect a bomb that had been found there, said Javid Faisal, a spokesman for the provincial government.

They detained three suspects and were driving back with them in a police pickup truck when the vehicle struck another explosive buried in the road. Eight police officers and two detainees were killed.

Meanwhile, Afghan authorities accused NATO of killing three civilians in a night ambush in eastern Logar Province. The coalition disputed the account, saying it had no operations in Logar’s Baraki Barak district Saturday night. NATO said there were three dead, but they were insurgents killed by Afghan forces.

Earlier Saturday, 10 policemen were killed when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up in Kunduz Province in the north. Elsewhere, a remote-controlled bomb planted on a bicycle exploded in the eastern city of Ghazni, killing one police officer and a civilian. And in the west, officials in Farah Province said Sunday that two police officers were killed there Saturday evening when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb.

On Sunday in the south, a roadside bomb in Marjah killed another three police officers, said Ahmad Zarak, a spokesman for the Helmand provincial government.

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