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'At Least 13 Killed' In Afghan Suicide Bombing

Taliban militants have stepped up attacks recently. Afghan soldiers stand near a bus damaged by a suicide attack in Dehdadi, a district close to the provincial capital Mazar-e Sharif on February 8.

An Afghan official says a suicide bomber targeting a police commander has killed at least 13 people in the province of Parwan.

Provincial police chief General Zaman Mamozai said the attack occurred on February 22 near a clinic and a bazaar some 60 kilometers northwest of the capital, Kabul.

He said the dead included nine civilians and four police officers.

Another 19 people were wounded, including the police commander who was targeted in the attack.

Taliban militants, who have stepped up attacks on Afghan security forces over the past year, claimed responsibility for the bombing.

The UN's mission in Afghanistan reported earlier this month that most of the 11,000 civilians killed and wounded across the country in 2015 were the victims of militant attacks.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP