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DATE=8/29/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=AFGHAN BLAST / S-ONLY NUMBER=2-253226 BYLINE=SCOTT ANGER DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The leader of Afghanistan's Taleban Islamic movement is blaming an unnamed foreign country for a bomb blast near his home in Kandahar, but says the United States was not involved. As correspondent Scott Anger reports, no one has claimed responsibility for the bombing which shook the city late Tuesday night. TEXT: The Taleban's supreme leader -- Mullah Mohammed Omar -- says there is evidence of a foreign hand in the explosion of a truck bomb which killed 10 people in the southern Afghan city, Kandahar. The movement's leader has not indicated which countries he suspects were behind the blast, but says the United States had nothing to do with the explosion. U-S officials earlier denied any involvement -- saying it opposes all acts of terrorism regardless of the target. However, religious groups in neighboring Pakistan quickly blamed the United States for the attack. The groups have threatened to harm U-S citizens in the region if the United States carries out another attack on Afghanistan against suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden. Last August, the United States launched cruise missile attacks on training camps in run by Mr. bin Laden, who is living under the protection of the Taleban. (SIGNED) NEB/SA / wd 29-Aug-1999 03:51 AM LOC (29-Aug-1999 0751 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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