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Roadside bomb kills 17 villagers in Afghanistan

An injured girl was treated at a hospital after a roadside bombing in the Obi district of Herat west of Kabul.
An injured girl was treated at a hospital after a roadside bombing in the Obi district of Herat west of Kabul.Hoshang Hashimi/Associated Press

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KABUL — A roadside bomb struck a motorcycle-drawn cart carrying women and children between two villages Tuesday in western Afghanistan, killing all 17 people on board, a grim reminder of the dangers facing Afghan civilians ahead of the 2014 withdrawal of foreign combat troops.

International troops have pulled back into a largely advisory and training role as they try to prepare Afghan soldiers and police to take over their own security. That effort has been marred by attacks by Afghan troops or insurgents disguised in their uniforms.

In the latest so-called insider attack, an Afghan soldier opened fire on Slovakian troops in the southern city of Kandahar, killing one and wounding six others.

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