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In eastern Laghman province, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up in front of a compound belonging to Saleh Mohammad Niazi, the chief of the Qarghayi district. Mr. Niazi said three people were killed in the blast and an additional 12 were wounded, including two police officers. The bomber was targeting a NATO convoy. There were no immediate reports of coalition casualties.

In the northern province of Kunduz, insurgents killed a former Taliban commander who had decided to reconcile and begin peace talks with the government. Maulvi Mohammad Nabi was killed by gunmen along with four of his bodyguards, district chief Mohammad Ayub Aqyar said. Mr. Nabi left the insurgency four months ago, Mr. Aqyar said.

Associated Press writer Amir Shah contributed to this article.