Suicide bomber kills 14 at Afghan province council

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Associated Press

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 4:32 AM

Updated Monday, May 20 at 5:03 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber has struck outside a provincial council headquarters in northern Afghanistan today, killing the council chief and at least 13 others.

Authorities say Baghlan's provincial council leader was walking into the compound this morning when the bomber ran up on foot and detonated his explosives.

Another 11 people were wounded.

Insurgents wanting to weaken the Afghan government have been carrying out attacks and assassinations intended to intimidate both officials and civilians ahead of next year's withdrawal of most international troops.

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