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Afghan Cabinet Minister Survives Suicide Bombing


An Afghan Cabinet minister has survived an apparent suicide bombing attack in southern Afghanistan's Nimroz province that killed three civilians.

Nimroz Governor Ghulam Dastagir Azad said two suicide bombers on Friday attempted to enter a compound in the provincial capital Zaranj where the minister of refugees, Karim Brahawi, was staying.

Officials said police recognized the attackers' hostile intentions and stopped them from entering the residence. Police shot one attacker dead. The second attacker detonated his explosives in a crowd of civilians, killing three and wounding three others.

The minister was unharmed.

In northern Afghanistan, a Norwegian intelligence officer was killed Friday by a roadside bomb near the city of Mayama. He was flown to a German field hospital in Mazar-i-Sharif, where he died.

A separate report said two NATO soldiers were wounded in a suicide car bomb attack also near Mazar-i-Sharif. It was not immediately clear if the reports referred to the same incident.

In other news, the U.S. military said it killed six militants during an overnight raid northwest of Kandahar city in Maywand district in southern Afghanistan.

On Thursday, NATO forces said one of their troops was killed in a bomb blast. No further details were released.

A top U.S. military official, Admiral Mike Mullen, has said violence is expected to rise in Afghanistan in coming months as the United States increases its troop presence.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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