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22 Killed in Latest Afghan Violence

Afghan officials say an explosion in the eastern city of Jalalabad has killed two civilians, while 12 Taleban insurgents and eight Afghan police officers were killed in a clash in southern Kandahar province.

Officials say the roadside bomb went off Thursday as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Lieutenant-General Karl Eikenberry, was visiting. Several people were wounded in the blast. The U.S.-led coalition said the general was never in any danger.

On Wednesday, a clash between Taleban rebels and a police patrol in Kandahar province's Panjwayi district left 12 insurgents and eight police dead. Nine militants and seven policemen were wounded in the fighting.

Meanwhile, Romanian President Traian Basescu who met with his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai in Kabul Thursday, pledged to send additional troops to Afghanistan at NATO's request. Currently, Romania has more than 650 soldiers in the country.

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