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Nine killed in Afghan bomb attack

A bomb has exploded as a foot patrol made up of Afghan and Nato forces was passing by in the south of the country, killing eight Afghans and one international service member, an Afghan official said.

The group was patrolling through the Arghandab district in Kandahar province when it was caught in the blast, said Shah Mohammad, the district administrator.

Arghandab is a farming region just outside Kandahar city that has long been a bed-down area for Taliban insurgents.

It was one of a number of communities around Kandahar city that were targeted in a 2010 sweep to oust the insurgency from the area.

The dead included three police officers, four members of the Afghan "local police" - a government-sponsored militia force - and one translator, Mohammad said.

Nato reported earlier that one of its service members had been killed in a bomb attack in southern Afghanistan but did not provide additional details.

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