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Taliban bomb kills eight in Afghanistan: official

world Updated: Jun 12, 2012 14:32 IST

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Taliban bomb attacks killed at least eight people, including women and children, in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday.

A suicide bomber on a bicycle targeted a police patrol in the main market of Chahar Bolak, a small town in the northern province of Balkh, regional police spokesman Lal Mohammad Ahmadzi told AFP.

The interior ministry in Kabul confirmed the incident, saying three civilians were killed and five police officers were wounded.

Hours earlier, a roadside bomb ripped through a minibus in the central province of Wardak, killing five civilians, an official said.

Provincial government spokesman Sahidullah Shahid said a mine exploded under the minibus, killing five civilians, including women and children. "Two others are injured," Shahid said.

Four other passengers survived the explosion in the restive province's Sayed Abad district, he said.

Authorities blamed both attacks on the "enemies of Afghanistan", a phrase commonly used by Afghan officials to refer to Taliban and other insurgents.