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Suicide Blast Hits Afghan Interior Ministry

Officials say a suicide blast has hit the Afghan Interior Ministry compound in Kabul, killing at least six police officers.

An Interior Ministry spokesman said a bomber wearing a military uniform detonated his explosives at the main gate Wednesday in the latest violence to hit Afghanistan in the run-up to Saturday's elections.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the bomber got through several checkpoints before setting off the blast.

Earlier, a Taliban spokesman reiterated a vow to disrupt the presidential and provincial council elections with more violence and warned voters to stay away from the polls.

Authorities said militants also killed nine people in Sar-e-Pol province, including a politician kidnapped earlier this week.

Hussain Nazari was a candidate for the provincial council in northern Afghanistan.

The eight other victims have not been identified.

No one has claimed responsibility for the killings, but authorities blame the Taliban.