Bombing targeting Afghan local police kills 7

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Associated Press

Posted on July 27, 2013 at 3:33 AM

Updated Saturday, Jul 27 at 4:34 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a suicide bomber targeting a village police commander blew himself up in a bazaar in a lawless part of eastern Afghanistan, killing seven people.

Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, the deputy provincial governor of Ghazni province, said Saturday that the attacker on a motorcycle killed Local Police commander Dawlat Khan, three of his men, and three civilians.

He says it took place late Friday in Ghazni's Qarabagh district.

The Afghan Local Police are a village level force designed to be a first line of defense against the Taliban. They are often targeted by insurgents who see them as a direct threat to their ability to operate.

The Taliban have stepped up attacks since foreign troops last month handed security control for the whole country to the Afghans.

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