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Afghan gov. wants more troops after 12 explosions

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NOOR KHAN and KATHY GANNON   03/13/10 11:21 PM ET   AP

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The governor of Afghanistan's Kandahar province is demanding more troops to provide security after 12 explosions in the largest southern city killed dozens of people.

Gov. Turyakai Wesa says he is talking to the central government in Kabul about getting Afghan military reinforcements following the coordinated attacks that killed at least 33 people, including 10 attending a wedding. He told reporters Sunday that he also wants to coordinate with NATO forces to improve security.

Wesa said the attacks wounded at least 53. Kandahar is the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban insurgency and the next target of NATO and Afghan forces after a major push to take another militant stronghold in next-door Helmand province.

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