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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Afghan City Rocked by Two Blasts

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide bomber blew himself up Sunday in an eastern Afghan city, killing six civilians and wounding 40 others, officials said, while a blast in a nearby market killed a shopkeeper.

Acting on a tip, police tried to stop a suspicious looking man in the city of Khost, said provincial police chief General Mohammad Ayub. When he tried to flee, police chased him and opened fire, at which point he detonated his explosives, Ayub said.

Khost public health director Gul Mohammad Mohammadi said six civilians were killed and 40 others were wounded, most of them with minor injuries. Fifteen people suffered serious injuries and were hospitalized, he said.

Ayub had initially said three civilians were killed and two policemen wounded.

An earlier bomb attack at a shop in a Khost market left a shopkeeper dead and eight people wounded, Ayub said.

The latest violence came as NATO and Afghan troops pushed forward with their largest-ever offensive, launched last month in southern Afghanistan, to flush out Taliban militants from the northern tip of opium-producing Helmand province.