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Market bomb kills 3 in northwest Afghanistan
Bomb in Afghan market filled with Ramadan shoppers kills 3 in northwest
By The Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) Afghan police say a remote-controlled bomb in a busy market has killed two policemen and one civilian in the country's northwest. The explosion went off as shoppers were hurrying to buy food to break the day's fast for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Faryab provincial police chief Gen. Abdul Khaliq Asye said Saturday that the explosives were detonated remotely and appeared to target police, who had stopped at the market in Ghormach district about 500 kilometers (300 miles) northwest of Kabul, the capital.

The blast came after 6 p.m. Friday, prime shopping hour for iftar, the meal marking the end of the daily fast.

Asye blamed Taliban insurgents for the attack. Faryab province has in recent years been relatively peaceful, but recently has seen an uptick in insurgent attacks.

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