9 Killed in Afghanistan Market Blast
Local official among the dead
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 14, 2012 2:41 AM CDT
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.