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Bomb attacks kill 22 in Kabul and Badakhshan

More than 20 people have been killed in separate bomb attacks in Afghanistan, including at least 14 when a suicide bomber struck a minibus carrying Nepalese security contractors in the Afghan capital.

According to police sources, some 14 foreign security guards were killed after a suicide bomber hit a minibus in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, somewhere along the main road to the eastern city of Jalalabad.

It was the first attack in Kabul since the start of holy fasting month of Ramadan on June 6.

Hours later, a bomb planted in a motorbike killed at least eight civilians and wounded another 18 in a crowded market in the northern province of Badakhshan, said provincial government spokesman Naveed Frotan. The casualty count could rise, he said.

The attacks are the latest in a recent surge of violence that highlights the challenges faced by the Afghan government in Kabul and its Western backers as Washington slowly draws down its remaining troops despite a persistent insurgency.

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