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Spate of Attacks Across Afghanistan Kills Dozens

By VOA News
12 September 2009

More than forty civilians, police and militants have been killed since Friday night in a spate of violence across Afghanistan.

The toll adds to what is already the deadliest year of the war.

In the largest civilian incident, the Interior Ministry said a roadside bomb killed 14 civilians in the southern province of Uruzgan.

Officials say at least eight more people, including children, were killed by two roadside bombs in Khost and Kandahar, in the south and east, respectively.

In an overnight raid in northern Kunduz province, Afghan officials say coalition and Afghan soldiers killed at least 11 militants.

And provincial officials say militants killed 11 policemen and six private security guards in three separate attacks in the east of the country.

The latest attacks show the increasing reach of the Taliban, who had mostly been confined to the south and east after the 2001 U.S. invasion.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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