Bombs kills 9 in southern Afghanistan

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Associated Press

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 3 at 2:34 PM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Roadside bombs have killed nine people, including six civilians, in southern Afghanistan today.

The two attacks that killed civilians took place in southern Helmand province, while a third killed three policemen in nearby Zabul.

A Taliban spokesman is denying any responsibility for one of the attacks, and there's been no claim of responsibility for the other two.

Bombs in vehicles, along roadsides and carried by suicide bombers are the Taliban's weapons of choice and the leading cause of civilian casualties in Afghanistan as insurgents press their campaign against the government and its security forces. The United Nations has blamed insurgents for the overwhelming majority of such attacks and says they've increased sharply this year as the Taliban try to regain territory as foreign troops withdraw.

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