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Afghan minibus blast leaves 20 dead

A roadside bomb has killed at least 20 passengers travelling on a minibus in western Afghanistan.

In the country's east, a suicide car bomber attacked a coalition base, killing two Afghan security guards, officials said, and the Taliban claimed responsibility.

The minibus ran over a roadside bomb in Herat province, setting off a blast that killed at least 20 of the 25 passengers.

Abdul Bashir, an elder of a village in the district, said: "It was a big, powerful blast. Among the dead are men, women and children."

The suicide car bombing came at a provincial reconstruction team base that Americans operate near Gardez, the capital of Paktia province.

Police said the bomber hid the explosives in a truck loaded with wood. The bomber sped through an outer gate, then blew up the vehicle when he came under fire at a second gate.

The Taliban said the attack was carried out by a 70-year-old suicide bomber.

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