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Insurgents kill 10 at Afghan construction camp

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 17, 2013 at 3:55 am •  Published: August 17, 2013
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents staged a pre-dawn ambush on a construction camp in Afghanistan's western Herat province on Saturday, killing 10 people in one of several deadly attacks across the country overnight and in the morning.

Nine construction workers and a policeman were killed when insurgents attacked the camp in Herat's Karukh district with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons, Deputy Public Works Minister Ahmad Shah Wahid said.

The workers were involved in a 52-kilometer (32-mile) road construction project run by an Afghan-German company and managed by the public works ministry, Wahid said. The road runs from Herat's Karukh district to Qala-i Now, the capital of neighboring Badghis province.

Development projects, most of which receive foreign funding, are frequently targeted by insurgents.

In another deadly incident Saturday, five members of a family were killed in the Marjah district of southern Helmand province when their mini-van struck a roadside bomb. They included three children, a woman and a man, a statement from the provincial governor's office said.

The statement added that another roadside bomb late Friday killed three women in Helmand's Sangin district.

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