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    Suicide bomb in southern Afghanistan, kills at least 20

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A powerful early morning suicide truck bomb devastated a hospital in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing as many as 20 people and wounding more than 90 others, Afghan officials said, while a deadly drone strike in the country’s east was blamed on United States (US) forces.

    The Taleban, who claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing, have carried out nearly daily attacks since peace talks with the US collapsed earlier this month.

    Yesterday’s massive explosion destroyed part of the hospital in Qalat, the capital of southern Zabul province, and left a fleet of ambulances broken and battered.

    Local residents, many of whom had come to see their sick family members, used shawls and blankets to carry the wounded inside the destroyed building, while authorities scrambled to take the worst of the wounded to hospitals in nearby Kandahar.

    Hours earlier, a drone attack in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province blamed on US forces killed and wounded as many as 30 people, most of them civilians, said Jawaid Zaman, presidential adviser on tribal affairs. There was no immediate response to a request for comment from the US military in Afghanistan.

    Afghan security members and people work at the site of a suicide attack in Zabul, Afghanistan. PHOTO: AP

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