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10 policemen dead in Afghan suicide attack

world Updated: Apr 16, 2007 11:40 IST

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A suicide attacker ran onto a police training field and blew himself up, killing up to 10 policemen and wounding dozens of others today in northern Afghanistan, officials said.

The attack happened in the relatively quiet city of Kunduz, where police were doing their regular morning exercises in a field, said Abdul Hadi, a security official.

Hadi said that according to preliminary reports, 10 policemen were killed and 10 were wounded.

Azizullah Safar, chief of the Kunduz hospital, said 41 victims were brought to his hospital -- and that nine of them died, and 32 were wounded, including four in critical condition.

Provincial police chief Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi blamed the attack on the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, but he did not provide any further details.

The north is one of the quietest places in war-torn Afghanistan, and militant violence there is rare.

The attack comes a day after a suicide bomber targeted a private US security firm in violence-wracked southern Kandahar province, killing up to four Afghans working for the company and wounding another, officials said.

The security firm US Protection and Investigations said a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle blew himself up near a convoy, killing two employees and wounding another.