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Ten hurt in suicide attack on Afghan army bus

KABUL, Apr 9 – A suicide bomber attacked an Afghan army bus in Kabul on Saturday, wounding seven soldiers and three civilians, police said.

The attacker approached the bus before detonating explosives strapped to his body.

The blast left pools of blood in and around the vehicle, damaged the front of the bus and shattered glass in a nearby building, an AFP photographer at the scene said.

"The latest report we have says that seven Afghan National Army personnel and three civilians were injured in today\’s suicide attack," said police spokesman Hasmat Stanekzai.

The Taliban and other insurgents in Afghanistan\’s near 10-year war frequently target the country\’s army and police forces.

The Afghan National Army has more than 150,000 troops and will play an increasing role in the country\’s security in the coming years as international forces are due to end combat operations in Afghanistan in 2014.

Responsibility for security in seven areas is being handed from foreign to Afghan troops from July, but security in Kabul is already the responsibility of local forces.

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