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Eight Afghan Civilians Working For U.S. Military Killed --> British soldiers at Kabul bombing site on October 16 (epa) October 20, 2006 -- Afghan police say gunmen ambushed a car carrying Afghan civilians working for a remote U.S. military base in eastern Afghanistan and killed eight of them execution-style.

The victims, who worked as laborers for the U.S. military in the mountainous Korangal area of Konar Province, were killed while driving home from work. Konar's governor, Salehzai Didar, said two workers escaped.

In a separate incident, U.S. and Afghan troops killed one suspected bomb maker in a village in the eastern province of Khost.

The troops were raiding a compound linked to homemade-bomb makers in the village of Bodakhel.

In the city of Khost, a suicide bomber blew himself up today near an Afghan Army convoy, killing one soldier.

The 'Lion Of Panjshir'
A portrait of Ahmad Shah Mas'ud adorning Kabul's international airport long after his 2001 assassination (AFP)

LARGER THAN LIFE Ahmad Shah Mas'ud gained international notoriety during the Taliban rule (1994-2001) as the leader of the only military group that the hard-line regime failed to crush. The public stature of the United Front (aka Northern Alliance) commander arguably reached its zenith after he was assassinated by Al-Qaeda killers posing as journalists on September 9, 2001. (more)


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