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Tribal elder among four killed in Kandahar.

Byline: Bashir Ahmed Nadem

Tribal elder among four killed in Kandahar

Bashir Ahmed Nadem - Aug 1, 2008 - 19:17

KANDAHARA CITY (PAN): Unidentified gunmen have gunned down four people including a noted tribal elder and kidnapped at least eight others in the southern Kandahar province, Talibans birthplace.

An official told Pajhwok Afghan News on Friday the gunmen attacked tribal elder Haji Padshahs residence in the restive Arghandab district late Thursday night. Padshah, his brother and son were killed in the assault.

Haji Agha Lalai Dastgiri, head of the National Reconciliation Commission in Kandahar, said the elders mother was wounded by the assailants. The incident took place in Khalishak village, he explained.

Also a member of the provincial council, Dastgiri said the gunmen shot dead a young son of another tribal elder named Mualim, a resident of the same village. He continued more than eight people were kidnapped from other villages of Arghandab.

With local police yet to say anything about the killings and kidnappings, Taliban fighters distanced themselves from the incidents. Militant spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi said they had no hand in the attacks.

Ahmadi claimed eight policemen were killed in a roadside landmine planted by the insurgents in the Panjwayee district. But district chief Shah Baran scorned the rebel claim as baseless.

A security official, however, confirmed the explosion. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said five policemen perished in the blast that caused injuries to other cops.

As violence in Afghanistan continues unabated, five soldiers of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and a civilian were killed in roadside bomb blasts in Kunar and Khost provinces on Friday.


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Publication:Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul, Afghanistan)
Date:Aug 1, 2008
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