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Taliban claims police chief killing

Reuters/Omar Sobhani

The Taliban claimed responsibility on Friday for a suicide bombing that killed a provincial police chief and four other people in northern Afghanistan.

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Police chief Abdul Rahman Sayedkhili died late Thursday when a motorcyclist detonated himself in Kunduz.

Three of his bodyguards and a civilian woman were killed. Six people were injured

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“One of our men named Jawad carried out the suicide attack,” a Taliban spokesman told French press agency AFP.

Last month 19 people died in attacks focused on police headquarters. Civilian deaths in Afghanistan increased by 15 per cent in 2010, the United Nations announced earlier this week.

A rally was held in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday to mark the 16th anniversary of the death of Abdul Ali Mazari, a leader of the Hazara ethnic group who was killed by the Taliban.

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