Bomber and gunman kill 10 in Afghanistan

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The Independent Online

A suicide bomber detonated a car rigged with explosives in a crowded area outside a police station in the eastern Afghan city of Khost yesterday, killing at least eight people and injuring scores more. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, which claimed the lives of two policemen, a patrolman and an officer.

Hours later, a man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire at close range on coalition troops repairing a vehicle in northern Afghanistan, killing two German soldiers and wounding seven. It was not clear whether the attacker was an Afghan soldier or disguised as one, but the shooting highlighted the challenges facing efforts to rapidly train government troops to take over security.