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    Separate blasts kill 11 in Afghanistan

    KABUL — A car bomb outside a compound housing a US military contractor in the Afghan capital killed at least two Afghan workers and wounded more than a dozen other people, company representatives and police said.

    In another part of the country, a land mine left over from the time of the Soviet invasion killed nine girls, authorities said.

    The blast on the outskirts of Kabul sent a plume of smoke in the air and shook windows more than a mile away in the city center.


    The security officer for Contrack, a McLean, Va.-based company that builds facilities for military bases, said a suicide attacker drove a vehicle packed with explosives up to the exterior wall of the compound and detonated the bomb. Afghan police could not immediately confirm whether it was a suicide attack or a remotely detonated bomb put in a parked vehicle.

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    Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack, saying in an e-mail to reporters that it was a suicide car bomber who targeted the compound because it was a company working with the government.

    In the east part of the country, a land mine explosion killed nine girls who were gathering firewood outside their village, authorities said. The UN Mine Action Service said the girls appeared to have walked into an old minefield from the 1990s, when Afghan resistance fighters were battling occupying Soviet troops.

    ‘‘It was a British-made antitank mine,’’ said Abigail Hartley, the manager of the UN mine program. She said there were not enough pieces of the exploded mine to determine its exact make.

    Associated Press