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Jul 9, 2013 11:37 AM by Associated Press

17 villagers, NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Officials in Afghanistan say 17 villagers have been killed after their vehicle hit a roadside bomb. Also today, an Afghan soldier opened fire on NATO troops at the airport in Kandahar, killing one soldier.

Police in the western province of Herat say Taliban militants who were fleeing an Afghan police and army patrol placed the bomb along a village road in an effort to kill the government troops. But the bomb went off instead next to a vehicle carrying 12 women, four children and one man -- killing all of them.

There are few additional details on the shooting death of the NATO service member. The most important base in southern Afghanistan is guarded by Slovakia, and an Afghan commander initially said three Slovakian troops were wounded in the shooting.

A government spokesman says the shooter was taken into custody. He says a preliminary investigation indicated the shooting was an accident rather than an insider attack.

There have been several attacks recently in which Afghan forces have opened fire on their comrades or on international forces.

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