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10 killed in roadside bombings in Afghanistan

Updated Friday, July 11, 2014 | 11:36 p.m.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Authorities in Afghanistan say at least 10 people have been killed in separate roadside bombings in the country.

The deadliest attack Saturday happened in southern Kandahar province. Panjwayi district police chief Sultan Mohammad says a bomb struck a civilian car there, killing eight people. He blamed the Taliban for the bombing.

In eastern Nangarhar province, another bomb struck a vehicle. Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said the blast in the city of Jalalabad killed a civilian and a police officer. No group immediately claimed responsibility for that blast.

The violence comes during the Taliban's annual spring offensive. They are trying to undermine the Western-backed government as foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw by the end of the year.