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Health official killed by bomb in his clinic

KABUL (AP) -- The head of a provincial health department in northern Afghanistan was killed Tuesday by a bomb planted in his private clinic, while three NATO service members were killed in attacks, officials said.

Dr. Azizullah Safari was walking up to his second-floor clinic when a bomb exploded under the stairwell, said Muhbobullah Sayedi, a spokesman for the governor of Kunduz province.

Also Tuesday, the international coalition reported the deaths of three service members, bringing to at least 67 the number of its troops killed in the war so far this month. NATO said a U.S. soldier died Tuesday after an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan but did not disclose further details.

Also, NATO and Afghan forces captured a senior Taliban figure in an overnight raid.


49 die, 400 are injured in derailment at ravine

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) -- Four train cars full of passengers fell into a ravine here after a derailment, leaving at least 49 people dead and more than 400 injured, the country's health minister said Tuesday.

Health Minister Georges Moyen said the toll could rise because 16 of the injured were in critical condition following Monday night's crash.

Jean Miche Ibinda, spokesman for the rail company, said the train was leaving the coastal town of Pointe-Noire and was headed to the capital, Brazzaville, when it derailed.