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Afghan Rocket Attack Kills Soccer Players


Four Afghan soccer players have been killed and at least three others injured in a rocket attack in the southern Kandahar Province.

Local officials said the rocket landed in a football stadium on January 18 when the athletes were training there.

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The attack took place in Kandahar's Maiwand district.

Javed Faisal, a spokesman for Kandahar's provincial government, told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan the athletes were members of a local soccer team.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack.

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