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  7/19/2011, Tammuz 17, 5771

Afghan Rebels Working to Complicate Transition


A bomb exploded near a police station outside a crucial city in Afghanistan's south on Tuesday where Western-backed Afghan forces are readying to assume security responsibility within hours, another worrying sign as rebel fighters seek to disrupt a gradual transition process.

The roadside bomb hit a police vehicle near a newly built police station in Bolan, just outside the bustling market city of Lashkar Gah.

Lashkar Gah is due to be handed over to the security forces of Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday. It is the most contentious of seven areas on the list for handover this week at the start of the first phase of a transition process that United States President Barack Obama promised will end with all foreign occupation troops leaving Afghanistan by the end of 2014.