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Hundreds Of Afghans Protest Suicide Bombings

Kabul, 18 January 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Hundreds of Afghans have marched through a town near the Pakistani border to express their outrage at a recent suicide bombing.

The governor of Kandahar province, Asadullah Khalid, said about 1,000 people gathered on 18 January in the border town of Spin Boldak and chanted "Death to Pakistan! Death to al-Qaeda! Death to the Taliban!"

The 16 January bombing killed 21 people.

Afghan officials have repeatedly claimed that militant groups have training bases in Pakistan and are receiving support from that side of the border -- an accusation Islamabad denies.

The United Nations Security Council on 17 January condemned the attacks, saying that no terrorist acts will be able to reverse the path toward peace and reconstruction in Afghanistan.

Copyright (c) 2006. 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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