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6 government contractors found beheaded in southern Afghanistan

Afghan police say the decapitated bodies of six government contractors were found in a southern province, apparent victims of Taliban insurgents who regularly target state projects.

Kandahar police spokesman Ahmed Durrani says villagers found the bodies on Sunday. He said the men were involved in building police compounds and checkpoints. Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban, is racked by a stubborn insurgency.

Meanwhile, an official in northern Afghanistan says a suicide bomber attacked a convoy carrying a deputy provincial governor, killing a civilian.

Balk provincial police spokesman Sher Jan Durrani says the deputy governor was unhurt in Sunday's attack.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for either attack, but the Taliban have previously targeted both officials and contractors, warning Afghans against working for the government.