Bomb blast kills 12, mostly Afghan civilians

A remote-controlled bomb targeting a police convoy killed 12 people Monday in western Afghanistan, a day after three American soldiers died in a complex militant ambush in the country’s east.

The Monday occurred in the city of Ten civilians and two were killed, said Noor Khan Nekzad, a spokesman for the Herat provincial police chief. About 20 people were wounded, he said.

Sunday’s attack on the soldiers raised’s two-day August death toll to nine, continuing the bloodiest period of the eight-year war for U.S. and allied troops.

The U.N.’s representative in called for peace talks with the top leadership, saying deals with local militant commanders as proposed by Britain’s foreign secretary would not be enough to end the violence.

Kai Eide’s call is another indication that parts of the international community favor reaching out to the top echelons of the radical Islamist movement in their attempts to bring peace, as the conflict widens and Western public opinion wavers in the face of rising death tolls.

Militants in eastern Afghanistan killed the three U.S. troops with gunfire after attacking their convoy with a roadside bomb, the U.S. military said.

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