Nine dead in Afghan bicycle blast
An explosion in Afghanistan's northern Faryab province has killed nine people, including a provincial council member.
Police say the blast in the Ghormach district of Faryab was triggered by explosives planted on a bicycle.
The attack comes a day after gunmen shot dead a top Afghan peace negotiator in the capital Kabul.
Afghanistan's north has seen relatively little violence compared with the country's restive south, where Taliban insurgents hold large sway and enjoy enormous popular support.
Afghan security officials say they expect the next few months to be particularly bloody, as NATO hands over more security control to Afghan forces.
NATO combat troops plan to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.