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Suicide bomber kills five in Afghanistan

Five foreign military personnel killed in northern Afghanistan whose nationalities cannot yet be identified

AFP , Wednesday 4 Apr 2012
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A suicide bomber attacked foreign military forces in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least five people, officials said.

"A suicide bomber targeted a group of foreign friends" near a park in Maymana, the capital of Faryab province, governor Abdul Haq Shafaq told AFP. "They were military.

"There are casualties, dead and wounded, but an exact death toll is not known yet. I don't know their nationalities."

The "foreign friends" group had visited the police headquarters in Faryab before going to the park to carry out interviews, he said.

A doctor at the town's hospital said the bodies of five civilians had been brought in, and 26 wounded, although other sources could not confirm the dead and wounded were all civilians.

Most of the foreign forces in Faryab are Norwegians.

Norway contributes a little over 400 soldiers to the 130,000-strong NATO-led International Security Assistance Force fighting a decade-long Taliban insurgency against President Hamid Karzai's Western-backed government.

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