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Suicide bomber kills 10 cops in Afghanistan

Kabul, Jan 27 (): At least ten policemen were killed and 18 others were wounded in a bombing in a crowded area of the northeast Afghan city of Kunduz on Saturday when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself, officials said.

Sayed Sarwar Hussaini, provincial police chief spokesman said just a few minutes after 5 p.m. local time, a man drove his motorbike near a group of police officers and detonated a large bomb at a busy junction in the north city of Kunduz.

He said among the 10 policemen who were killed, the provincial counter-terrorism chief and the head of the traffic department were also included. And among the wounded in the explosion are 14 other policemen and five civilians. So far no one has claimed charge for the attack but militants, including the Taliban, are active in the area.

Also on Saturday, another bomb blast was reported, in which a suicide attacker riding a bicycle killed two civilians in the country’s south-eastern Ghazni province.

Suicide attacks are occurring very often around Afghanistan. On Friday, a car suicide bomber attacked a NATO group in the Afghan’s Kapisa province, killing at least five civilians and wounding 15 people.

Taliban militants have been conducting a 11-year war against Afghan President Hamid Karzai and a U.S.-led NATO force.

The bomb attacks have come at a critical stage for Afghanistan when the US-led NATO troops are making their withdrawal from the country by the end of 2014. Afghan and international analysts have expected a civil war that could grip the country once foreign troops move out of the country.

Kunduz shares its border with Tajikistan and has a mixed population of Pashtuns, Uzbeks and Tajiks. This province is said to be the most important province in the north for the Taliban as it represents a centre for further diffusion into relatively peaceful areas. It has had some Taliban militants, but the American Special Operations forces have led several hostile campaigns to overthrow them.