Blasts kill 16 in northern Afghanistan

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Afghan officials said on Wednesday that two separate explosions in the country’s north killed at least

16 people, almost all of them women and young girls.
A roadside bomb struck a civilian vehicle going to a wedding on Wednesday evening, killing at least 15

people; six women, six girls and two infants, as well as the male driver, according to Nasrat Rahimi, an

interior ministry spokesman.
He said two other civilians were wounded in the blast in the northeastern Kunduz province.
Hours later, a gunfight and explosion at a security checkpoint killed at least one policeman, said

Mohammad Nooragha Faizi, a police spokesman in the northern Sari Pul province.
He said militants in a vehicle carrying explosives were stopped at the checkpoint, then opened fire to

cover their escape. Faizi said they apparently detonated the explosives remotely after getting away,

although an investigation was ongoing.—AP