Car bomb explodes early, kills 9 militants

2014-03-02 21:09
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Kabul - A militant car bomb prematurely exploded overnight in eastern Afghanistan, killing nine insurgents and four civilians, authorities said on Sunday.

The blast happened in Logar province, some 10km north of the capital, Pul-e-Alam, said Din Mohammad Darwesh, a spokesperson for the provincial governor.

Darwesh said it appeared insurgents, who he identified as three Afghans and six Pakistanis, set off the bomb too early.

"Unfortunately, the explosion completely destroyed a nearby civilian house in which two women and two children were killed," he said in a telephone interview. "Police and local residents retrieved the bodies."

Two days earlier, additional Afghan soldiers had deployed to the capital of Logar Province after receiving an intelligence report about a possible attack.

- AP

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