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Bombs kill 9, wound 70 in Afghanistan

By Masoud Popalzai
May 17, 2013 -- Updated 1814 GMT (0214 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • At least nine people were killed and more than 70 were injured in Kandahar city
  • Two vehicles detonated simultaneously when an Afghan police car was passing
  • There was no claim of responsibility, the incident comes amid Taliban's spring offensive

(CNN) -- At least nine people were killed and more than 70 were injured when two Toyota Corollas exploded in southern Afghanistan late Friday, a government official said.

Three police officers were among those killed in the blasts, which occurred in Kandahar city, Jawid Faisal, a spokesman for the governor of southern Kandahar province said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The incident comes amid the Taliban's spring offensive.

It follows a day of carnage in Kabul on Thursday, when six Americans working with NATO's International Security Assistance Force were killed and many Afghans were killed and injured in an attack on a coalition convoy.

The explosives-packed vehicles detonated simultaneously Friday when an Afghan National Police vehicle was passing the area, Faisal said. A large number of people had gathered for a picnic and were leaving the site when the vehicles exploded, he said.

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