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Attacks kill 2 NATO troops, local Afghan official

Associated Press Modified: April 11, 2012 at 10:00 am •  Published: April 11, 2012

The three were responding to an earlier bombing that killed four policemen at the district police headquarters building. Three suicide attackers wearing vests laden with explosives parked their car outside the police building and walked toward the entrance, said Daud Ahmadi, a provincial spokesman. Ahmadi said police killed one attacker and the other two blew themselves up inside the compound.

However, an Associated Press photographer at the scene Tuesday saw two suicide attackers who were fatally shot and the remains of a third who had blown himself up.

The first and deadliest of Tuesday's attacks took place in Herat, a relatively peaceful province whose capital and many districts are already under Afghan security control.

A sport utility vehicle packed with explosives blew up outside the gate of the Guzara district police office. The remains of two men and a woman wearing a burqa were found inside the vehicle, officials said. Three security officers and nine civilians were killed, and more than 50 people, including children, were wounded.