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Blasts Rock Jalalabad, While Taliban Abducts 12 Afghans

30 June 2004 -- At least nine people were wounded after two explosions in the northeastern Afghan city of Jalalabad today, while militants elsewhere adbucted 12 Afghan contractors working with the U.S. military.

Reports say between nine and 27 were injured in blasts near a security checkpoint and bus station in Jalalabad, near the border with Pakistan. It was still unclear whether there were any fatalities.

In the southern Oruzgan Province, Afghan officials say suspected Taliban militants stopped four trucks supplying food to a U.S. base in Deh Rawood. Militants burned the trucks and abducted their Afghan crew of 12.

The province's governor, Jan Mohammad Khan, also told reporters that U.S. and Afghan forces have killed four Taliban militants in a firefight. The U.S. military has yet to comment on the incident.