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Militants Kill District Chief In Southern Afghanistan

19 October 2005 -- Afghan officials say suspected Taliban militants killed a district chief in southern Afghanistan.

Interior Ministry spokesman Yousuf Stanezai today said the head of Arghandab district, Haji Ahmadullah, in southern Kandahar Province was gunned down in a mosque late on 18 October.

It was the latest in a series of attacks officials have blamed on the Taliban. More than 20 Afghan troops, several U.S. soldiers, five local aid-workers and three pro-government clerics have been reported killed this month by suspected Taliban militants. The violence is focused mostly in southern and eastern areas close to the border with Pakistan.

(dpa/Reuters)

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