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Prayers for Afghan girls killed by blast as they collected firewood

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Prayers are said at the graves of children killed by a mine explosion in Chaparhar, in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, on Dec. 17, 2012. An exploding bomb or land mine killed ten young girls as they were gathering firewood outside their village in the east of the country.

A blast killed 10 Afghan girls who were collecting firewood in eastern Afghanistan, according to government officials. In a separate incident, two Afghans died in an attack in Kabul. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

By NBC News staff and wire reportsA blast killed 10 Afghan girls Monday as they were collecting firewood in eastern Afghanistan, government officials said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion in volatile Nangarhar province. It could have been a bomb planted by Taliban insurgents or a landmine left over from decades of conflict.

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Meanwhile, a truck full of explosives blew up when it hit the offices of a U.S.-based company in the capital, Kabul, killing one person and wounding at least 15, Kabul Police Chief Gen. Ayoub Salangi said. Read the full story.

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Security personnel of the Contrack company stand at the scene of an explosion in Kabul on Dec. 17, 2012. A car bomb exploded outside a compound housing a U.S. military contractor in the Afghan capital Monday, blowing apart an exterior wall and wounding dozens inside, company representatives and police said.

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