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Over 50 die in Afghan serial bomb attacks

world Updated: Aug 16, 2012 00:35 IST

In one of the bloodiest days in Afghanistan's history, suicide attackers, using a remotely-controlled bomb, killed over 50 people across Afghanistan on Tuesday.

The bloodshed came as Afghanistan prepared to celebrate the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramzan, with many of the dead shopping in bazaars for Eid celebrations, police and local government officials said.

Of the 50 deaths, 36 were killed in Afghanistan's southwestern Nimroz province, which lies on the border with Iran.

Ten people were killed in the northern province of Kunduz, after a bomb attached to a motorcycle exploded in the market of Archi district near the border with Tajikistan.

A district governor and four security personnel were killed in an ambush in Badakhshan capital Faizabad.

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Taliban insurgents were blamed for the attacks.

The attack on Zaranj city, capital of Nimroz, was the biggest in recent memory in the relatively peaceful province and one of the deadliest anywhere in the war-torn country this year.

At least 66 people were injured. Three suicide attackers out of an original group of 11 blew themselves up in separate areas of the city, one outside a hospital, police said.

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai condemned the "terrorist" attacks in Zaranj city, saying: "Attacks on Muslims while they are fasting are a sign of enmity with Islam."

In another, previously unreported attack Tuesday, four tribal chieftains were killed in Helmand province.