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Suicide Bomber Kills Three in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber has blown himself up inside a government building in southern Afghanistan, killing three people, and a pre-dawn raid in southeastern Khost province has killed four suspected al-Qaida terrorists.

An Interior Ministry spokesman, Yousef Stanezai, says the suicide bombing in southern Helmand province killed three employees and wounded eight other people.

He says the blast leveled the local Justice Department office in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Earlier, a military spokesman, Sergeant Chris Miller, said a raid targeting an al-Qaida commander killed four al-Qaida militants and destroyed a cache of weapons. But the spokesman said it is not clear if the targeted man was among those killed in the raid.

In a separate incident, in Helmand province, a roadside bomb killed at least three Afghan soldiers and wounded three others.

And in eastern Paktika province bordering Pakistan, an explosive device was thrown into a local high school, but no injuries were reported.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.