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Car bomb kills 2 Afghan intelligence officers

Associated Press Modified: October 8, 2012 at 8:00 am •  Published: October 8, 2012

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb hidden in a parked minibus exploded outside a government building in southern Afghanistan on Monday, killing two Afghan intelligence officers, authorities said.

The bomb targeted a field office of the Afghan intelligence agency, known as the National Directorate of Security, in the city of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, said Ahmed Zarak, a spokesman for the provincial government. The two officers who were killed were guarding the compound, which the NDS uses as a base for operations inside Laskgar Gah, the provincial capital, he said.

At least 15 people were wounded in the blast, most of them civilians who lived in a house next door, according to Zarak.

It was not clear whether the explosives were remotely detonated or fixed to a timer, he added.

The number of casualties among Afghan security forces has been on the rise as Afghan troops have shifted into a more frontline role in the war against the Taliban and other insurgent groups as international forces draw down in number. Civilians have also continued to suffer heavy casualties from bombings and targeted killings.

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