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Afghan Governor: US Raid Nets Taleban Fighters
VOA News
09 May 2004, 18:31 UTC

A regional Afghan official says U.S. forces have captured at least 25 militants, including suspected Taleban fighters and foreign allies, in the southeastern province of Zabul.

Provincial Governor Khial Mohammad Husseini said Sunday the arrests were made in a U.S. operation on Friday. The governor initially told various news agencies that a Taleban commander, Mullah Rozi Khan, had been captured in the raid. But the governor later said that claim was based on incorrect information and that the commander was not among those arrested. U.S. military officials had no immediate comment.

Meanwhile, two foreigners, one carrying a Swiss passport, were found dead early Sunday in a park in west Kabul. The Interior Ministry and police said at least one of the two had been beaten with bricks or stones. The two were said to be about 30 years old and were wearing Afghan clothing. Police said the men had arrived in the country within the past two weeks. It was not immediately clear if the killings were politically motivated.

On Wednesday, two British nationals and their Afghan interpreter were killed in the province of Nuristan, where they were helping the United Nations register voters for September's election.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.



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