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Authorities say 13 people, including a local intelligence official, were killed in two attacks in southern Afghanistan.

A spokesman for the governor of Helmand Province, Daud Ahmadi, said a suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed seven police officers and two civilians in an attack targeting a police vehicle in the Kajaki district.

The spokesman said that in a second attack, in Helmand's Nad Ali district, a local intelligence official, two bodyguards, and a civilian were killed in a mine explosion.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the second attack.

Meanwhile, a senior Afghan official said NATO forces killed five civilians, including one woman and two children, during a night raid earlier this week in northeastern Afghanistan.

Sayed Fazelullah Wahidi, governor of Konar Province, said the raid occurred on January 16 in Chawkay district.

NATO said in a statement that the alliance was aware of a military operation in Chawkay on January 16 and was checking into the report.

compiled from agency reports
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