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The death toll has surged from weekend violence in Afghanistan, with six Americans and more than a dozen Afghan civilians reportedly among the casualties.

Five Americans — including a U.S. diplomat, a civilian from the Defense Department and three U.S. service members — were killed while delivering books to an Afghan school, when a suicide bomber struck their convoy in southern Afghanistan’s Zabul province Saturday. Another U.S. service member was killed in a separate attack Saturday.

The diplomat’s death was a grim reminder of the risks and importance of pushing for change in “one of the toughest places on earth,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.

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