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Rocket Attack Wounds Two Afghan Civilians

At least two Afghans were wounded on Monday when two rockets hit their house just outside the southern city of Kandahar, the latest in a series of attacks in the former stronghold of the Taliban, witnesses said. The wounded, a mother and her child, were in bed when one of the Russian-made missiles ripped through their house in Ghar village, several miles northwest of Kandahar city, the witnesses said. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but authorities have in the past blamed Taliban fugitives and members of the radical Hezb-i-Islami party of former prime minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar for bomb and rocket attacks in Kandahar. More than 20 people have been killed in various explosions in the last five weeks in Kandahar, the main bastion of the Islamic Taliban militia, ousted from power by a U.S.-led coalition in late 2001. In a separate incident, two government soldiers were wounded on Saturday night in a blast in another part of Kandahar, officials said. The Taliban’s refusal to hand over al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States led to their downfall. Full Story

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