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Four killed in Afghan blast

Four people including a district chief have been killed in a roadside bombing in an area of northern Afghanistan that has been largely peaceful until now.

Senatullah Tumor, the spokesman for the governor of northern Takhar province, said the bomb killed Hamidullah Haqjo Ashkamesh, chief of the Ishkashim district, as well as a police officer and two of his bodyguards.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Taliban's 14-year insurgency has spread in recent months from its strongholds in the south to northern Afghanistan.

Meanwhile in southern Kandahar province, police say a roadside bomb killed a woman and wounded three people in the province's Khakrez district.

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