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Bombs kill six Afghan children

KABUL — Roadside bombs killed four young girls and two schoolboys in Afghanistan on Thursday while a police inspector was gunned down on her way to work, officials said.

The girls, aged 10 to 12, had been sent by their families to a river to fetch some water for a wedding that was being held in a home on the outskirts of the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, said a government spokesman, Ummar Zawaq. The bomb went off alongside a footpath through a field the girls had taken to return home, Zawaq said.

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Also in Lashkar Gah on Thursday morning, two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on a police inspector who was being taken to work by her son-in-law on his motorcycle, Zawaq said. Inspector Islam Bibi died at a hospital, he said. Her son-in-law was wounded.

And in the eastern province of Paktika, two schoolboys were killed walking home from classes when they triggered a roadside bomb, the governor’s office said.

Meanwhile, the NATO-led coalition said one of its service members was killed in fighting Thursday in western Afghanistan. It gave no further details.

Also Thursday, 11 Taliban militants were killed in two operations in the province of Lowgar, south of Kabul, the Ministry of Defense said. One Afghan soldier was killed.

Violence in Afghanistan this year has matched its worst levels in nearly 12 years of war. According to figures from the Interior Ministry, 180 civilians were killed last month.

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