18 dead in Afghan violence

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Associated Press

Posted on August 17, 2013 at 3:04 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Authorities say violent incidents have killed 18 people across Afghanistan, including 10 at a road construction site in the west.

Insurgents staged a pre-dawn ambush on a construction camp that killed nine workers and a policeman.

The workers were involved in a 52-kilometer (32-mile) road construction project run by an Afghan-German company. Development projects, most of which receive foreign funding, are frequently targeted by insurgents.

In southern Afghanistan, five members of a family were killed when their mini-van struck a roadside bomb. They included three children, a woman and a man.

In Farah province in the west, a suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest inside a private medical clinic, killing three people including a local police commander.

Violence has increased in recent months as insurgents fight to regain territory and foreign forces withdraw. Civilian casualties have spiked this spring and summer.

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