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Roundup: 2 blasts kill 5, wounds 13 in S. Afghanistan

Roundup: 2 blasts kill 5, wounds 13 in S. Afghanistan KABUL, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Two bomb blasts rocked Zabul and Helmand provinces in the southern region of Afghanistan where Taliban militants are more active than any part of the country on Tuesday, claiming the lives of five people and wounding 13 others, officials confirmed. Both the blasts occurred in a span of 60 minutes, according to officials.

1st LD: Afghan parliament member survives bomb attack in Kabul

1st LD: Afghan parliament member survives bomb attack in Kabul KABUL, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- An Afghan parliament member survived a suicide bomb attack in northern Kabul, confirmed the authorities, adding the blast caused casualties. "A terrorist who attached explosives in his turban made his way to the home of Hamidullah Tokhi, a representative of southern Zabul province. The attacker detonated his explosive, injuring two people but Tokhi was not hurt in the incident," a security source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Doctor killed in bombing targeting Afghan governor

A suicide bomber targeted a provincial governor's convoy Saturday near a hospital in southern Afghanistan, killing a doctor, officials said.Gov. Mohammad Ashraf Nasery, who escaped the assassination attempt, said a car bomb exploded as his convoy was passing the hospital en route to an event at a nearby school in Qalat, the capital of Zabul province. He said the doctor was killed, and two of his bodyguards and a student from the school were wounded."I'm safe and healthy," he told The Associated Press in a telephone call.

Kerry mourns loss of US diplomat in Afghan attack

Secretary of State John Kerry paid tribute to a female US diplomat who was among six NATO personnel killed in two attacks in Afghanistan on Saturday, the deadliest day for foreign forces this year. Kerry, who had met the unnamed victim during a visit to Kabul last week, described her as "smart, capable, eager to serve and deeply committed to our country and the difference she was making for the Afghan people." He offered his condolences to her relatives for their "immeasurable loss."
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