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'Afghan mullah, sons killed making bomb'

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  • Militant mullah Abdul Wasay Akhund, his young sons and two men killed by bomb
  • Police: He was making a bomb at his Helmand Province home, Afghanistan Saturday
  • Helmand is Afghanistan's top poppy-producing region and a center of insurgency
  • Last month a suicide bomb at a mosque killed the province's deputy governor
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KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A militant mullah and his two children were killed when a bomb he was making in his southern Afghanistan home prematurely exploded, a police chief has said.

The explosion Saturday night at Mullah Abdul Wasay Akhund's home in Helmand Province also killed two other men and injured his wife and daughter, police said.

Provincial police Chief Mohammad Hussain Andewal said both the children were young boys, but he did not know their ages. The surviving family members told authorities that the two other male victims who died in the explosion were taken away by men riding in two vehicles, Andewal said.

Helmand, Afghanistan's top poppy-producing region, is also among six provinces in southern Afghanistan where international troops continue to battle insurgents.

Last month, a suicide bomb attack at a mosque killed the province's deputy governor. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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