A suicide bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint in southern Afghanistan Thursday, killing eight policemen and wounding 11, while a roadside bomb in the east left one NATO soldier dead, authorities said.
The suicide attacker detonated his explosives in a room where the policemen were eating lunch at a checkpoint near Spin Boldak, a town on the Pakistani border, said Bismillah Khan, a local police official.
Two of the checkpoint rooms were destroyed, Khan said.
So far this year, more than 2,900 people - mostly militants - have been killed in insurgency-related violence in Afghanistan, according to an Associated Press tally of numbers provided by Western and Afghan officials.
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