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Afghan Twin Suicide Bomb Attack Targets Tribal Elders, Kills 5

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Afghan forces inspect at the site of suicide attack in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province January 6, 2013.

Afghan forces inspect at the site of suicide attack in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province January 6, 2013.

Officials in southern Afghanistan say a twin suicide attack has killed five people and wounded at least 15 others.

Authorities say the two bombers attacked a meeting of tribal elders at a government compound Sunday in the town of Spin Boldak in Kandahar province.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. There were no reports of foreign troops at the site.

Since the U.S.-led toppling of the Taliban government in 2001, Kandahar has remained one of the country's most violent areas. The province is the spiritual home of the Taliban and shares a porous border with Pakistan.

Insurgent fighters are able to cross the border there from Pakistan, and it is a smuggling route for weapons and narcotics.

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

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