A suicide bomber detonated Saturday in a crowd in northern Afghanistan gathered for a traditional sporting event, killing three and injuring 40.
Saturday's attack was another in a series across the country in which civilians were targeted, as Afghan forces prepare to take over security responsibilities from U.S.-led international forces.
"Some participants identified the attacker and started fleeing, but still the attacker was able to detonate his vest," said the governor of Faryab province, Abdul Haq Shafaq. Had spectators not fled, "a big catastrophe could have happened," he said.
In a separate incident Saturday, nine civilians were killed in the southeast province of Khost, which borders Pakistan, according to an Interior Ministry statement. Two women and four children were among the dead after their vehicle struck a landmine, the statement said.
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