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Fruit market suicide attack kills 10 Afghans

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  • NEW: Three soldiers from NATO-led force die in southern Afghanistan
  • Blast targeted Shara Police Chief Haji Gul Mohammed, local official said
  • Another Afghan police officer and eight civilians died in the attack
  • U.S. military said its troops killed five Taliban militants Thursday
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KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A suicide bomb attack in southwestern Afghanistan killed 10 people, including a local police chief, at a fruit market Friday morning, according to the provincial governor.

The blast targeted Shara Police Chief Haji Gul Mohammed, who was at the market in the Zaranj District of the Nimruz province to buy fruit, said Ghulam Rasool, governor of Nimruz province.

In addition to the chief, another Afghan police officer and eight civilians died in the attack, the governor said. Three others were wounded.

Meanwhile. three soldiers from the NATO-led force in Afghanistan were killed Friday, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.

The deaths occurred in southern Afghanistan. No further details were disclosed. The nationalities were not released.

The soldiers surrounded the compound of "a Taliban roadside bomb facilitator" in the Zabul province's Jaldak district, but held their fire to give anyone inside to time to surrender, the military said.

"Adhering to the commands, nine women and 16 children exited without harm and were escorted by the force to a safe location," the military said.

The U.S. troops then fought with militants who remained inside, killing five and capturing three, the military said.

A Taliban spokesman said 10 civilians, but no militants, were killed.

-- CNN's Atia Abawi contributed to this report.

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