Afghan minister escapes twin suicide attacks; 3 civilians killed

Afghan minister escapes twin suicide attacks; 3 civilians killedKabul- A suicide bomber was killed Friday by police before he could reach an Afghan minister's home in western Afghanistan, but a second bomber detonated his explosives nearby, killing three civilians and wounding 16, a provincial governor said.

An armed bomber, who disguised himself in police uniform, was shot to death by police guards as he was trying to enter the home of Abdul Karim Bahrawi, refugee minister, in Zaranj, the provincial capital of Nimruz province, Governor Gholam Dastagir said.

Suicide bomber targets NATO forces in northern Afghanistan, hurts 2

Suicide bomber targets NATO forces in northern Afghanistan, hurts 2Kabul - A suicide bomber targeted a convoy of NATO-led Norwegian forces Friday in northern Afghanistan, killing himself and wounding two soldiers while coalition forces killed six militants elsewhere in the country, officials said.

The bomber rammed his explosives-filled vehicle into the Norwegian convoy in the Takht Pul area of the relatively peaceful province of Balkh, said Abdul Raouf Taj, deputy provincial police chief. Two NATO vehicles were destroyed in the attack, he said.

At least 20 killed in Afghan earthquake

Afghan earthquakeKabul - At least 20 people were killed Friday in back-to-back earthquakes in eastern Afghanistan.

The first quake, with a magnitude of 5.4, struck shortly after midnight in Nangarhar province, a statement from President Hamid Karzai said.

A few hours later, a magnitude-5.1 tremor struck in the same region in the Hindu Kush mountains, the statement said.

At least 50 people were injured by falling rubble, and authorities were searching for more victims, officials said.

Karzai vows to change Afghan marital rape law

AfghanistanKabul (Afghanistan), Apr. 17 : Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has said that the controversial law permitting men to rape their wives will be changed.

In an interview with CNN, Karzai said he was unaware of the provision in the legislation, which he signed into law last month.

"Now I have instructed, in consultation with clergy of the country, that the law be revised and any article that is not in keeping with the Afghan constitution and Islamic Sharia must be removed from this law," Karzai said.

Twenty killed in Afghanistan earthquake

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Afghan police arrest two in murder of female legislator

Afghan police arrest two in murder of female legislatorKabul - Police arrested two suspects in the murder of a provincial female legislator and women's rights activist in southern Afghanistan while bomb blasts in the same region killed three policemen, officials said Thursday.

The arrests were made Wednesday in the murder of Sitara Achikzai, who was gunned down Sunday in Kandahar, the capital of Kandahar province, by four attackers, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.