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Afghan Officials: 20 Dead In Suicide Blast


Officials say a suicide bomber killed at least 20 civilians at a bazaar in the main town of Afghanistan's central Uruzgan Province today.

Provincial governor Juma Gul Himat said over a dozen people were wounded in the blast, which took place in the town of Dihrawud.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued a statement condemning the attack, saying it was un-Islamic to target "defenseless civilians."

Separately, NATO says a suicide bomber today killed one police officer and wounded five other people in neighboring Helmand Province.

compiled from agency reports