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Roadside Bomb Kills 6 Security Guards in Afghanistan

An Afghan official says a roadside bomb has killed at least six security guards who were working for a private company.

The incident occurred in Paktia province, which borders Pakistan. Provincial Governor Akram Akhpalwak says the guards were traveling in a vehicle when the bomb detonated.

Earlier Sunday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai pardoned a 14-year-old Pakistani boy who says he was planning a suicide attack against a provincial governor.

In a ceremony with the boy and his father in Kabul, Karzai said he forgives the boy and blames those who recruited the teenager. Karzai said "the enemies of Islam" led the boy astray.

The boy, who goes by one name of Rafiqullah, was caught last month wearing a suicide vest on a motorbike in eastern Afghanistan.

He said he was recruited by militants from the madrassa he attended to kill the governor of Khost province in eastern Afghanistan. He was arrested the night before his planned mission.

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