At least 15 people were killed and dozens wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan. (March 18)
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Maymana, Afghanistan - March 18, 2014
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A suicide bomber riding a rickshaw blew himself up outside a checkpoint near a market in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 15 civilians, officials said.
It is the latest attack in the countdown to the April 5 presidential elections.
The attacker was approaching a checkpoint in Maymana, the capital of Faryab province, where cars were being searched on a road leading to the governor's compound when they detonated explosives hidden in the rickshaw, officials said.
Most of the victims were vendors peddling fresh bread and other people at the busy roadside market area.
Officials said 15 people were killed and 46 were wounded - 27 of them seriously - in the explosion that struck some 200 meters away from the governor's compound.
Women, children and employees of the nearby electricity department were among the casualties, officials said.