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Four Fighters Killed In Clash In North Afghanistan

8 June 2004 -- Afghan officials say that at least four fighters loyal to rival Afghan factions have been killed in a clash in northern Afghanistan.

Interior Ministry spokesman Lutfullas Mashal said that the clash yesterday outside the city of Mazar-i Sharif was part of rising tensions in recent days between Hizb-e Wahdat, a minority Shi'ite Muslim faction and the Sunni Muslim Jamiat-e Islami group led by Ata Mohammad.

The spokesman said the clash was triggered by a land dispute.