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Afghan Security Officers, Suspected Taleban Commanders Killed in Violence

Officials in Afghanistan say a suicide car bomber and two Afghan security officers died in an attack outside a NATO military base in the western city of Herat Saturday.

Authorities say a guard at the base and a policeman were killed in the attack, which officials say wounded at least seven other Afghans. The bombing also slightly wounded a foreign civilian at the base.

A man saying he was a Taleban spokesman called news agencies to claim responsibility for the attack.

Meanwhile, a U.S. military statement Saturday said coalition-led forces killed two Taleban commanders and arrested five suspected insurgents during operations in southern Helmand and Kandahar province.

Taleban insurgents have unleashed a wave of violence in recent weeks aimed at expelling foreign troops and overthrowing the Western-backed Afghan government.

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