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29 killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing

A suicide bomber has killed 29 people in Afghanistan, mainly members of illegal armed groups that have clashed with security forces and the insurgents in the past.

Afghan official Heyatullah Amiri said a suicide bomber on foot targeted a meeting of criminal groups in northern Kunduz province last night. Twenty-five of those killed were members of the armed groups, including four leaders, while the remaining four were civilians, he said.

He said 19 others were wounded, including 15 civilians.

The Taliban said it was behind the attack.

The Taliban have stepped up attacks across the country since US and Nato forces shifted from a combat to a support and training role at the end of last year.

In the northern Badakhshan province, Taliban insurgents hanged a 27-year-old mother of three after accusing her of having extramarital sex, said Nawid Frotan, spokesman for the provincial governor. He said she was hanged from a tree before a public gathering.

In a separate incident, Taliban insurgents beheaded two local policemen and a civilian in Badakhshan on Saturday. The insurgents accused the three of spying, Mr Frotan said.

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