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Suicide bomb kills four in Afghanistan's Zabul province

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A suicide bomber has killed four people and injured several others in an attack at a bazaar in the southern Afghan province of Zabul, officials say.

The bomber was reportedly on foot and wearing an explosives-packed vest when he targeted a group of security guards, a provincial government spokesman said.

Zabul has witnessed increased insurgent activity in recent months.

Meanwhile in Afghanistan's Logar province, hundreds gathered to protest against civilian deaths blamed on Nato.

Coalition troops supporting Afghanistan's security forces are fighting the Taliban in the south of the country.

Nato has signalled that it intends to shift its anti-Taliban offensive from Helmand province to Kandahar - which neighbours Zabul.

On Sunday crowds gathered, shouting anti-US slogans and burning trucks in Logar province, to protest against the alleged killing of civilians in a military raid overnight.

Nato says that several Taliban insurgents, including a commander, were killed in the operation.

Civilian deaths have caused widespread resentment in Afghanistan.

Last year, Gen Stanley McChrystal, the Nato and US commander in Afghanistan, introduced new rules of engagement in a bid to minimise such casualties.



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