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Afghan security officials stand vigil over the bodies of deputy police chief Col. Mohammad Hussain and another officer after the convoy they were traveling in Sunday was hit by a roadside bomb west of Kabul, Afghanistan. The remote-controlled roadside bomb killed three police officers, an attack the Taliban claimed as the opening round of their spring offensive. U.S.-backed efforts to try to reconcile the Islamic militant movement with the Afghan government are gaining little traction.

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Taliban start spring Afghan offensive with bombing

Taliban insurgents marked the start of their spring offensive on Sunday by claiming responsibility for a remote-controlled roadside bomb blast that killed three police officers.

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