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Suicide Bomber Targets Afghan Police Base

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- A suicide bombing attack on a police office has killed at least 12 people in central Afghanistan.

Officials said a suicide bomber snuck into a dining hall at lunchtime inside a police base in Tari Kot, the capital of the central Afghan province of Oruzgan, in the July 5 attack.

Provincial spokesman Abdullah Himmat says authorities were investigating how the suicide bomber passed through three checkpoints to enter the crowded hall around noon.

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Five more people were wounded in the attack.

Himmat says civilians were among the casualties.

The police were responsible for securing a major highway linking Oruzgan with neighboring Kandahar Province.

Taliban insurgents have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan