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Suicide bomber kills 9

March 31, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A suicide bomber wearing a uniform blew himself up inside a police headquarters in southern Afghanistan, killing nine people and wounding eight, an official said.

Five officers and four civilians died in the attack in Dund district, about 10 miles south of Kandahar city, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The attack comes as the U.S. prepares to send 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan to bolster the 38,000 American forces in the country. President Obama last week announced a new strategy for the Afghanistan-Pakistan region with a goal to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat" Al Qaeda and the Taliban. There are 70,000 international troops in Afghanistan.

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