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Outside Kabul, Outbreaks of Violence
NATO took over the ISAF international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan on Monday. Their role remains limited to maintaining security in Kabul, despite the latest outbreaks of violence in the provinces, about which a Reuters report follows. Afghan Violence Erupts, Killing at Least 61 Wed August 13, 2003 12:56 PM ET By Sayed Salahuddin and Mohammad Ismail Sameen KABUL/NADI ALI, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Sixty-one people were killed and dozens wounded in outbreaks of violence across Afghanistan in the troubled country's bloodiest 24 hours in more than a year, officials said Wednesday. At least 25 people, mostly factional fighters, were killed after fighting erupted early Wednesday between forces of a sacked provincial official and his successor in a remote district of Uruzgan province, a cabinet minister said. Also Wednesday, at least 15 died, including a woman and six children, and five were wounded when a suspected Taliban bomb blew apart a bus in the southern province of Helmand. Government forces, meanwhile, said they killed 16 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters and lost five of their own men in clashes in the southeast that began late Tuesday. Wednesday evening, the U.S.-backed government announced the replacement of governors of Kandahar and Zabul, two other provinces troubled by Taliban attacks, "to improve coordination of affairs." The cabinet minister, who did not want to be further identified, said the Uruzgan fighting involved supporters of Amanullah, the former ruler of the remote district of Kajran, and his successor, Abdul Rahman Khan. He quoted Khan as saying it started after Amanullah's fighters opened fire on a bus carrying his supporters. "Khan told me eight of his people died in the bus incident, in which 20 were wounded, and he lost seven others. Amanullah told me 10 of his men, including close family, were killed." The minister said the fighting was continuing and the central government was trying to broker a cease-fire. The bus blast in Helmand happened early in the morning in Nadi Ali district, west of the provincial capital Lashkargah. SIX CHILDREN KILLED "Eight of those killed on the bus were male, six of them were children, and there was a woman, too," Ghulam Mahaiuddin, the head of the provincial administration told Reuters. The minibus was completely destroyed. Bits of clothing and a child's arm could be seen in the wreckage. Villager Sheir Ali said he heard the blast. "When we came closer, we saw many dead bodies," he said. "We helped carry three injured people to hospital." Mahaiuddin said it appeared the bomb had gone off accidentally inside the bus and may have been intended for an attack on independence celebrations in Lashkargah next week. He blamed guerrillas from the Taliban regime ousted in late 2001 and said it was possible the bomber died in the blast. Troubled Helmand was a main bastion of the Taliban until its overthrow and has been hit by several bloody attacks by a resurgent Taliban guerrilla movement in recent months. In the southeastern province of Khost, border forces said they had killed 16 Taliban and al Qaeda guerrillas repulsing a major attack in which five border policemen were also killed. Border police officer Major Ghafar said the insurgents used heavy guns, rifles, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades to attack a base used by a border battalion in the Shinkai area east of Khost and adjacent to the border with Pakistan on Tuesday. "The Taliban attack has been foiled. But we are continuing our mopping up," he said, adding that two Arabs from the al Qaeda network had been captured. SHELLFIRE IN BACKGROUND Ghafar described it as the biggest attack in the area since the Taliban fell. Shellfire could be heard in the background he spoke by satellite telephone. "The sound you can hear is outgoing fire," he said, adding that government forces had counterattacked after a three-phase guerrilla assault that lasted until 6.30 a.m. (0200 GMT). He said he did not know how many guerrillas had taken part, but the attack had been led by Jalaluddin Haqqani, a top military commander and a former Taliban minister. The violence comes despite the presence in Afghanistan of a 12,500-strong U.S.-led coalition pursuing Taliban and al Qaeda remnants, and NATO, commanding a 5,000-strong peacekeeping force in Kabul. The role of NATO, which took command of the force Monday, remains confined to Kabul despite repeated pleas from the government, the United Nations and others for an expansion of peacekeeping into the lawless provinces.
Posted By: mariam   August 13th 2003, 2003 1:15 PM

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