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    40 Afghans die in clashes KABUL, Nov 1: Some 40 people were killed when Afghan police and a former military commander and his fighters fought a fierce battle
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      40 Afghans die in clashes

      KABUL, Nov 1: Some 40 people were killed when Afghan police and a
      former military commander and his fighters fought a fierce battle in
      southwestern Helmand province , the Bakhtar news agency reported on
      Saturday.

      The clash erupted on Friday afternoon in Gereshek district when
      police stopped a convoy of vehicles belonging to ex-military
      commander Haji Idrees for a routine check and the commander resisted.

      Bakhtar said Idrees and his deputy were among those killed in the
      fighting, as well as three women and 12 other civilians caught in the
      crossfire.

      Earlier the AIP said the fighting involved two pro-government militia
      groups and put the death toll at 25.

      Bakhtar said several shops were damaged and many civilians were also
      injured.

      AIP said an Afghan traveller, who arrived in Quetta told the news
      agency he had heard that 45 people might have been killed in the
      fighting.

      The agency quoted local sources as saying that US troops were seen
      heading towards the troubled area, but no other details were
      available.

      The incident reflected the poor security situation especially in the
      south and southeastern parts of Afghanistan amid increasing rebel
      attacks and clashes attributed to local warlord rivalries.

      REBELS' CONTROL: Rebels on Saturday seized control of a district
      headquarters in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province, looted
      government arms and set fire to the building before fleeing, AIP said
      in Islamabad.

      The attackers occupied Watapur district headquarters, some 35
      kilometers northeast of provincial capital Asadabad, for two hours
      but did not kill or hurt any official, the Pakistan based agency
      said.

      They however warned the local administration officials to leave the
      area and never come back, AIP said, quoting local sources.

      No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in
      Watapur.-Agencies

      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top14.htm&date=20031102

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