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61 Killed in Violence Across Afghanistan

Sixty-one people were killed and dozens wounded in violence across Afghanistan in the troubled country’s bloodiest 24 hours in more than a year, officials said today. Meanwhile, the U.S.-backed Afghan government tonight announced replacements for the governors of Kandahar and Zabol, two provinces wracked by Taliban attacks. Gul Agha Shirzai of Kandahar and Hamidullah Tokhi of Zabol were replaced “to improve coordination of affairs.” At least 25 people, most of them factional fighters, were killed in clashes that erupted early today between the forces of a fired provincial official and his successor in a remote district of Uruzgan province, an Afghan cabinet minister said. The minister, who requested anonymity, said the fighting involved supporters of Amanullah, the former ruler of the remote district of Kajran, and his successor, Abdul Rahman Khan. The fighting was continuing, the minister said, and the central government was trying to broker a cease-fire agreement. Full Story

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