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In northern Afghanistan, suicide bomber kills civilian

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The incident took place in Balkh province
  • The attack was near an ISAF convoy

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A suicide attacker in northern Afghanistan killed a civilian and wounded about 15 others, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said Friday.

The blast took place near an ISAF convoy in Balkh province and heavily damaged a civilian bus traveling behind the convoy.

"Despite their guidance to avoid harming civilians, the Taliban continue to completely disregard innocent civilian lives with their indiscriminate tactics. Their egregious acts go against religious and normal codes of conduct," said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Torres, an ISAF spokesman.

Warfare has long plagued eastern and southern Afghanistan, but attacks have risen in the north in recent months.