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Afghanistan: International Peacekeepers Attacked In Kabul

Kabul, 13 April 2002 (RFE/RL) -- International peacekeepers in Afghanistan say that gunmen last night fired at a peacekeeping patrol in the capital Kabul. Spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Neal Peckham today said that no one was injured in an exchange of fire between about 30 gunmen and a British patrol.

Peckham said that the gunmen escaped, but seven of them were later arrested and handed over to the interim Interior Ministry.

In a separate development, factional fighting was reported to have erupted in the hills west of Kabul.

The Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press reports nine people were killed and 12 wounded in the fighting between forces loyal to Ghulam Rohani Nangali and Muzaffaruddin.