Blasts in Afghanistan kill 8, including 4 Afghan intelligence officers, NATO service member

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Associated Press

Posted on October 13, 2012 at 8:31 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Attacks in southern Afghanistan have killed at least eight people today.

The deadliest incident came in Kandahar, where a suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up at a local intelligence office, killing four Afghan intelligence officers, a coalition service member and a civilian employee working for the coalition. Three other Afghan intelligence officers were wounded, including two who were in critical condition.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Insurgents frequently target Afghan security forces and government officials in an effort to weaken the government.

A second attack killed two Afghan policemen and left three others wounded in the capital of neighboring Zabul province. A provincial spokesman says a police vehicle ran over a roadside mine, then a second blast struck police who had rushed to aid their colleagues.

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