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Suicide bomb kills at least 20 in Afghanistan

Last Updated: Sunday, December 25, 2011 - 17:49

Kunduz: A suicide bomber killed at least 20 people, including a member of parliament, and wounded 50 in Afghanistan`s northern city of Taloqan on Sunday, police said.

The once-peaceful northern Takhar province has seen a series of high profile attacks and assassinations over the last year, including the killing of a top police commander in May.

"People were gathering for a funeral when a suicide bomber detonated himself," Mahmod al-Hussain, a senior police detective for the northern Takhar province, said.

A member of parliament, Mutalib Bik, was among the dead, he added.

Takhar was once so peaceful that there is no major permanent base for foreign troops there. German troops supervise the area from a base in neighboring Kunduz province.

Despite the presence of tens of thousands of Western forces in Afghanistan, the United Nations and other groups say violence is at its worst since US-led Afghan forces toppled the Taliban from power in late 2001.

NATO-led forces say they have seen a decline over recent months in attacks launched by insurgents against their troops.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, December 25, 2011 - 17:49
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