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Afghanistan: Jet Reportedly Bombs Ousted President's Headquarters

Kabul, 25 June 1997 (RFE/RL) - A lone Taliban jet reportedly bombed today the northern town of Taloqan, headquarters of ousted Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani.

News reports say the jet, believed to be a Russian-made Sukhoi SU-22, dropped at least four bombs on the town main square. Taloqan is the capital of Takhar province some 400 kilometers north of Kabul.

No casualties or damages were reported in the bombing.

Rabbani retreated to Taloqan in September 1996 after being ousted from Kabul by the Taliban Islamic militia.

Itar-tass, meanwhile, says after fierce fighting the Taliban forces today seized a district in the north-western province of Faryab, the stronghold of northern warlord General Abdul Malik. Earlier today it was reported the Taliban had gained total control of the neighbouring Badghis province.