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WORLD IN BRIEF: Suicide attackers hit Afghan city; at least 30 die

Suicide attackers hit Afghan city; at least 30 die

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A suicide squad detonated bombs at a newly fortified prison, police headquarters and two other locations late Saturday, killing at least 30 people in the largest city of the southern Taliban heartland.

The prison was the main target, but no prisoners escaped, Afghan President Hamid Karzai's half-brother said. Ahmed Wali Karzai, a member of the Kandahar provincial council, said two of the explosions occurred near his home, which was not damaged.

Wali Karzai told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that Canadian troops had reinforced the prison with cement block after a suicide attack in 2008 blew apart the prison gates and freed hundreds of criminals and suspected insurgents.

Al-Qaida suspectfrom US tricked his Yemeni guard

SAN'A, Yemen — An American al-Qaida suspect detained in Yemen fooled his hospital guards into unshackling him by asking to join them for prayers, security officials said Saturday. He then killed a guard who laid down his weapon as he went ahead at prayer time.

The new details of Sharif Mobley's failed escape attempt, obtained by The Associated Press, indicate the 26-year-old American of Somali descent has a level of training and cunning characteristic of the terror network.

Suicide attack in Pakistan kills 13 at checkpoint

SAIDU SHARIF, Pakistan — A renewed wave of violence struck Saturday in small-town Pakistan when a suicide bomber on a motorized rickshaw killed 13 people at a security checkpoint, raising fears the nation is sliding back into a period of relentless bloodletting.

The blast — the second major attack in Pakistan in less than 24 hours — occurred in the Swat Valley, where Taliban fighters battled government soldiers for months last year.

The attack in Saidu Sharif, Swat's administrative capital, also wounded 52 people. A day earlier, two suicide bombers killed 55 people in coordinated explosions in the eastern city of Lahore.

No one has claimed responsibility for either attack, but suspicion quickly fell on the loose network of Islamist insurgents who have been fighting the U.S.-allied Islamabad government and who have stepped up attacks against security forces in recent days.

— From wire reports