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Suicide car bomb attack at eastern Afghanistan checkpoint kills 3 police officers, wounds 3

A provincial official in Afghanistan say a suicide car bomber has attacked a security checkpoint in the country's east, killing three police officers.

Musa Khan Akbarzada, the governor of Ghazni province, says the attack Monday also wounded three officers in the Shilghar district.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack in an email to journalists.

Earlier, the Interior Ministry said police had apprehended a 10-year-old girl who had intended to carry out a suicide attack against Afghan border police in southern Helmand province. In a statement, the ministry said the girl claimed her brother, a local Taliban commander, had sent her on the mission.

Afghan forces are seeing their casualties mount as the U.S.-led international force there pulls back ahead of its withdrawal at the end of 2014.