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Many Civilians Among 64 Killed in Afghan Fighting

Factional fighting last month claimed the lives of 38 civilians, including women and children, as well as 26 soldiers executed in a remote province of northwestern Afghanistan, the United Nations said on Sunday. The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission said abuses in the village of Akazi in Badghis province bordering Turkmenistan also included the rape of women by factional fighters. It called the violations, which came after fighting broke out on March 24, the gravest since the overthrow of the fundamentalist Taliban regime in late 2001. David Singh, a spokesman for the U.N. and the rights body, told a briefing the fighting appeared to have aimed to win control of territory rather than being provoked by tribal, ethnic or religious rivalry. “According to reports, during the recent conflict in Akazi village, 38 civilians died, while 761 homes and 21 shops were looted,” he said. “Among the persons who died were 3 women and 12 children who drowned in a river. Full Story

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