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Powerful blast near Kandahar police HQ

Reuters/Win McNamee

A powerful explosion went off close to police headquarters in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Saturday. The blast, in an alley about 200 metres from the police HQ, created a large crater, damaged police vehicles and injured an unknown number of people.

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Heavy dust and thick smoke shrouded the area and roads near the scene of the blast were cordoned off by police, local TV reported.

Dossier: AfPak news and analysis

Kandahar and the neighbouring province of Helmand are the most insurgency-hit in the country.

A roadside bomb in Helmand killed 15 civilians and wounded four on Friday.

Provincial officials blamed Taliban insurgents.

The number of Afghan civilians killed in the conflict rose by a third in the six months of 2010 to1,271, the UN said in August.
 

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