Afghan authorities say a suicide bomber has killed eight people at a governor's residence in southern Afghanistan.
They say the attack in Helmand province killed guards, but did not harm the governor, Mohammed Daud.
In the same province, a British Marine was killed while on patrol. And in Khost, U.S.-led forces killed four people, including a teenage girl, during a raid.
Meanwhile, Afghan President Hamid Karzai says resolving difficulties with neighboring Pakistan will put an end to the Taleban. He says Pakistan is responsible for violence in Afghanistan.
In other developments, Human Rights Watch is calling on Mr. Karzai to quickly establish a truth and reconciliation court to deal with war crimes and human rights abuses committed in the country over the past 30 years.