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New Delhi Sends Paramilitary Troops to Guard Indian Workers in Afghanistan


08 February 2006

India says it is sending paramilitary troops to Afghanistan to provide security for Indian civilians working on various development projects in the war-torn country.

Reuters news agency quotes a government official as saying the troops will join some 40 armed commandos from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police already in Afghanistan guarding Indian diplomatic missions.

The official said the additional troops will guard Indian engineers and support staff helping to rebuild the country.

On Tuesday, a roadside bomb killed an Indian and a Turk working on a road project in Farah province. Last November, Taleban insurgents in Nimroz province kidnapped and decapitated an Indian road-builder.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.



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