Friday, July 09, 2004

Reuters AlertNet - Seven Afghans killed in clash near Iran border

Reuters AlertNet - Seven Afghans killed in clash near Iran border: "Seven Afghans killed in clash near Iran border
09 Jul 2004 14:32:07 GMT

(Adds four wounded in separate clash)
HERAT, Afghanistan, July 9 (Reuters) - Three Afghan government soldiers and four rival fighters were killed in a clash on Friday in a remote western border area, the latest violence to hit what had been a relatively stable region.
Separately, at least four Afghan soldiers were wounded and one was missing after an attack on a highway post in the south that was claimed by members of Afghanistan's ousted Taliban.
Hundreds of people have been killed in militant attacks this year despite the presence in Afghanistan of 20,000 U.S.-led troops and 6,500 NATO-led peacekeepers, raising concern about security for elections expected later this year.
Taliban rebels and their militant allies have vowed to disrupt the vote.
In the west, Bashir Baghlani, the governor of the province of Farah, blamed Taliban guerrillas for the attack on the Borjak border post with Iran."

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