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Rockets Hit Afghan Capital

16 October 2004 -- Officials and witnesses say three rockets hit residences in the Afghan capital of Kabul tonight, injuring one woman.

It was not clear who was behind the attacks. The barrage came a week after presidential elections in Afghanistan which Taliban-led rebels have vowed to disrupt.

Earlier this week, officials say six people, including two U.S. soldiers, died in explosions. The two Americans were killed in a land-mine blast in the south central province of Uruzgan.

Vote counting resumed today in Afghanistan's presidential election after a one-day break to mark yesterday's start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

With less than 3 percent of the votes tallied, interim leader Hamid Karzai was emerging as the clear front-runner, with 72 percent of the vote.

Former Education Minister Yunos Qanuni was second with under 13 percent of the vote. Ethnic Uzbek commander Abdul Rashid Dostum followed with 7 percent.


[For more on the Afghan elections, see RFE/RL and Radio Free Afghanistan's dedicated "Afghanistan Votes 2004-05" webpage.]