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Kabul Under Curfew After Deadly Riots

Protesters throw stones at U.S military vehicle in Kabul on May 29 (epa) May 29, 2006 -- Afghan authorities have declared a nighttime curfew in Kabul after some of the worst rioting there since the demise of the Taliban regime.

At least eight people were killed in the rioting after a U.S. military truck crashed in Kabul. Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office says five people were killed in the truck crash.

Karzai tonight described the rioters as "enemies of Afghanistan." In a televised speech, Karzai said Afghans must stand up against "agitators" who loot and destroy property.

"The coalition is conducting a full investigation regarding this incident. There have been reports of gunfire at the scene. There are indications that at least one coalition military vehicle fired warning shots over the crowd," U.S. military spokesman Colonel Tom Collins said.

Collins said the U.S.-led coalition regrets any deaths or injuries caused by the initial accident.

(RFE/RL's Afghan Service, with agencies)