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Afghans Soldiers And Police Chief Killed In Ambush


http://gdb.rferl.org/D291E8CE-FEE1-41E2-AC02-01D4311A8D5D_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/D291E8CE-FEE1-41E2-AC02-01D4311A8D5D_mw800_mh600.jpg 21 July 2004 -- Officials say 11 Afghans, including a former police chief, were killed in an ambush today in Helmand Province.

A Helmand government spokesman, Haji Mohammed Wali, said the victims were government soldiers who were ambushed on a highway. He said it was unclear if the attackers were antigovernment militants, drug smugglers, or factional rivals.

In neighboring Uruzgan Province, troops killed six suspected militants in a shoot-out overnight. A local mayor, Amir Jan, said the militants were thought to be loyalists of the ousted Taliban regime.

(Reuters/AP)
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