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8 Civilians Killed in Roadside Bombing in Afghanistan

A roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan has killed eight civilians. Officials say women and children were among the victims of Monday's blast in Ghazni province.

The French news agency quotes a provincial police as saying the bomb was planted by the Taliban.

In southern Afghanistan, NATO said a joint Afghan-international force has killed a Taliban commander and several armed individuals.

The alliance says the Afghan and coalition forces encountered hostile fire Sunday at a compound outside Kandahar City. The forces returned fire, killing Taliban commander Shyster Uhstad Khan, and several others. One suspected insurgent was detained.

NATO say Khan was involved in the distribution and purchase of explosives.

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