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9 Killed in Afghanistan Market Blast

Local official among the dead
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 14, 2012 2:41 AM CDT

(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. (Read more Afghanistan stories.)

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