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Several injured in suicide blasts near NATO Afghan base

  • A twin suicide bombing near a NATO base in central Afghanistan has left at least nine civilians and four policemen dead.

    The attacks took place in the early hours of Saturday morning in Wardak province, destroying houses and large sections of a local market.

    In the first attack, a militant on foot hit a compound housing the local governor's office in Saidabad district.

    A truck bomb blast followed on a road separating the compound from the NATO base.

    The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which injured dozens others.

    In recent months, fears have been mounting over an increase in violence after foreign forces leave Afghanistan.

    NATO, which currently has around 130,000 troops in Afghanistan, will withdraw combat forces by the end of 2014, with only training troops remaining.