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After Pause, Taliban Renew Afghan Attacks

The Taliban have returned to the offensive in southern Afghanistan with attacks and bombs on soft targets, Afghan officials said Thursday. After something of a lull during the loya jirga, or grand council, the militants have renewed their attacks, killing at least 27 people in three days. Twelve civilians were tied up and executed on a remote mountain road in Helmand Province on Tuesday night in an attack that had all the hallmarks of Taliban militants, police and human rights officials said. In a separate attack, two Afghan soldiers were wounded by a bombing at a military base in the city of Kandahar on Thursday. The latest attacks came just two days after a twin bomb killed at least 15 people, eight children among them. Some 55 people were wounded in the attack in Kandahar, including many children emerging from their school. Officials immediately blamed the Taliban for the attack, citing intelligence reports warning that the militants were preparing a campaign of urban violence. Full Story

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