Dozens killed in Afghanistan in a suicide blast at a market

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He used a three-wheeler packed with explosives. “Bodies and wounded people were scattered in various directions”, Almar’s district chief, Mohammad Saleh Saleh, said describing the attack. Two members of security forces are included between victims. The attack happened on a weekly shopping day for the area Government forces have clashed recently with Taliban militants in the area. Presidential elections to be held in less than three weeks in the country. Foreign troops prepare to end their combat mission by the end of the year. Previous Afghan elections have been badly marred by violence, with at least 31 civilians and 26 soldiers and police killed on polling day alone in 2009. The United Nations Mission in Afghanistan condemned the actual attack.

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