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Afghan Land Mine Kills Four

26 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Government officials in Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province say four people were killed today when a land mine planted by suspected Taliban insurgents blew up a police vehicle.

Mohammad Wali, a spokesman for Helmand provincial Governor Sher Mohammad, said two police officers and two civilians inside the vehicle were all killed in the blast.

The spokesman blamed the Taliban for the attack, saying the mine had been recently planted.

Officials in Pakistan say they seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition today in a pre-dawn raid in a tribal region near the Afghan border.

Pakistan, an ally in the U.S.-led war, has sent forces to the border areas to fight Al-Qaeda and Taliban remnants crossing over from Afghanistan.