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September 23, 2009

Twelve killed by roadside bombs in Afghanistan

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Twelve killed by roadside bombs in Afghanistan

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Police in Afghanistan say 12 civilians were killed in two roadside bombings in two days.

Seven civilians, including two young children, were killed Wednesday when their car struck a bomb in southern Kandahar province. Another roadside bombing killed five people in Farah province a day earlier, according to police spokesman Raouf Ahmadi.

In other violence, officials say 21 Taliban fighters were killed in an air strike by international forces in a remote area of southwestern Nimroz province.

Provincial Governor Ghulam Dagastir Azad said that the bombings targeted three militant vehicles that were reported to be traveling toward Afghan security posts along the border with Pakistan. He says that there were no civilian casualties.

According to a report released by the United Nations, at least 1,013 civilians were killed in the first half of this year, 60% of them due to militant attacks. The number is 24% higher than the same time period in 2008.



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April 8, 2007

Afghan translator reported killed by Taliban captors

Afghan translator reported killed by Taliban captors

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Sunday, April 8, 2007

An Afghan interpreter, Ajmal Naqshbandi, kidnapped and held since March 5 by the Taliban in Afghanistan, was reported killed Sunday, according to a spokesman for the group.

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Naqshbandi was taken hostage in Helmand Province, along with Italian reporter Daniele Mastrogiacomo and their driver, Syed Agha. Mastrogiacomo was freed March 20 in a controversial hostage exchange, while Agha was killed by the Taliban early in his captivity.

The exchange of La Repubblica reporter Mastrogiacomo for five Taliban prisoners was criticized, by security experts, as a precedent that could encourgage further kidnappings. It was thought originally that Naqshbandi was also released as part of the exchange deal, but was later revealed by the Taliban that he was not released.

Mastrogiacomo and his editor at La Repubblica, Ezio Mauro, had made several appeals to the Afghan government to do what it could to secure the release of Naqshbandi. “This has already cost the life of Sayed Agha…we ask President Karzai to do all he considers just and possible to save [Naqshbandi’s] life,” said Mastrogiacomo and Mauro in their latest appeal.

The Taliban are holding two French aid workers and three Afghan colleagues, kidnapped last week in Nimroz province, and are threatening to decide their fate next week. Ransom demands or deadlines have not yet been reported.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai, meanwhile, has ruled out any further exchange deals with the Taliban.

A BBC correspondent in Afghanistan reported that there was outrage in Afghanistan over the exchange deal that saw the safe release of Mastrogiacomo. Afghans were incensed that the government not only gave in to Taliban demands, but would do so to save a foreigner and not an Afghan.



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