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Taliban suicide bomber kills 13 in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber targeting a police commander has killed at least 13 people, including nine civilians, in the northern Parwan province, an Afghan official said.

The attack happened near a clinic and a bazaar, provincial police chief General Zaman Mamozai said.

Four local police were among those killed, and another 19 people, including 17 civilians, were wounded, he said.

The police commander who was targeted in the attack was among those wounded.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility. Taliban insurgents regularly target Afghan security forces, often killing civilians in the process.

"Once again, a Taliban suicide bomber attacked innocent civilians," Mr Mamozai said, adding that the bazaar was packed with shoppers and that people were waiting outside the clinic for treatment.

The UN's mission in Afghanistan reported earlier this month that most of the 11,000 civilians killed and wounded in 2015 were the victims of insurgent attacks. A total of 3,545 civilians were killed last year as a result of the war, the UN report said, with another 7,457 wounded.

The figures mark a 4% drop in civilian deaths from the previous year, but a 9% rise in civilians wounded.

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