9 Killed in Afghanistan Market Blast Local official among the dead By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted May 14, 2012 2:41 AM CDT 0 comments Comments An Afghan National Army soldier patrols the gate of the military hospital next to an ambulance in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) (Newser) – An explosion in a northern Afghanistan market has killed nine people, according to the country's interior ministry. One of those killed was an official from a nearby council, the AP reports. The bomb blast took place this morning in a shop in the Ghormuch district of Faryab province. Meanwhile, police have killed 18 insurgents across Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, the ministry said in a separate report.