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10 killed in roadside bombings in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Roadside bombs in Afghanistan killed at least 10 people Saturday, authorities said.

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

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

The Taliban have intensified their spring offensive in a bid to undermine the Western-backed government as foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw from the country by the end of the year. The attacks also come as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Afghanistan in hopes of diffusing a crisis over the runoff presidential election to find a successor for outgoing President Hamid Karzai.

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