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Suicide bomb at funeral kills at least 25 in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber killed at least 25 civilians and wounded another 30 at a funeral for a village elder in a remote part of eastern Afghanistan late on Tuesday, local officials said.

Ahmad Zia Abdul Zai, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said the attack took place on Tuesday in the village of Shagai in the Durbaba district.

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More than ten years after the beginning of the war, Afghanistan faces external pressure to reform as well as ongoing internal conflicts.



Initial reports said at least 10 civilians were killed. Officials later said more than a dozen people died of their injuries.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but there has been fighting against Taliban and other insurgents in the mountainous region located just across the border from some of Pakistan's lawless tribal areas.

Latifullah, the local police chief's secretary who goes by one name, said the target was apparently district chief Hamisha Gul, who was attending the funeral and survived the attack.

The Taliban often target government officials at public functions, including funerals and weddings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

In Afghanistan, local forces have turned their arms on U.S. troops, with whom they are supposed to be partnered. At least 45 international troops have been killed. NBC's Jim Maceda reports.

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