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Suspected Suicide Bomber Strikes In Afghanistan

19 July 2005 -- A suspected suicide bomber has blown himself up in the western Afghan city of Herat in what is thought to have been an attempt to kill a local police chief.

Afghan police said the unidentified man died in the explosion as he tried to kill the official, Khawja Isa, who was not hurt. Details of the attack are still unclear, but agencies reported that it occurred in central Herat.

An investigation has been launched.

Suicide attacks have rarely been employed in Afghanistan, although Afghan authorities and the U.S.-led international coalition have battled fierce militant attacks since the Taliban was ousted in late 2001.

Meanwhile, in the capital Kabul, police said they seized a truck carrying 850 kilograms of explosives. Police arrested two men who claim they were paid to take the explosives from Jalalabad to Kabul.


Copyright (c) 2005. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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