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Dozens killed in pair of suicide bombings in Afghanistan

Dozens killed in pair of suicide bombings in Afghanistan
More than 31 people were killed in a pair of suicide bombings in Afghanistan, including one targeting , officials said Sunday.  Photo by Sayed Mustafa/EPA-EFE

Nov. 29 (UPI) -- At least 30 people were killed in a car bomb attack in Afghanistan's central province of Ghazni on Sunday.

Afghanistan's Defense Ministry told Turkey's Anadolu Agency that the death toll included civilians and soldiers, adding that nine soldiers were killed and seven more were injured. The Ghazni public health department reported a higher total to CNN, saying 40 people were killed and 24 were injured.

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Naseer Ahmad, head of the provincial council in Ghazni, said the bombing targeted security forces amid the morning rush hour.

The Defense Ministry said the attacker attempted to drive a car packed with explosives inside a military base but was confronted by security forces.

A second bombing took place in the neighboring province of Zabul, killing one person and injuring 20 others, mostly civilians.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for either attack.

Violence in Afghanistan has continued despite ongoing peace talks between the Taliban and the government, as well as calls from international governments for a ceasefire.

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