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At least 30 killed in suicide blast

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A noonday attack by a suicide bomber at the entrance of a government building in northern Afghanistan has killed at least 30 people. An unknown number were injured.
The attack happened in Kunduz (KUHN'-dooz) province. A police official says the building houses both district police and an office that distributes official papers. The victims had gathered for identification cards.
There has been a sharp slide in security in recent months in Kunduz and other northern provinces, where there are known hideouts for the Taliban, al-Qaida and fighters from other militant factions.
NATO has sent more troops to the north and has been pushing harder into militant-held areas.

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