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Firefights Continue In and Around Kabul

April 14, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Tank fire boomed through a barren valley as a turf battle raged for a second day west of Kabul, the Afghan capital. In Kabul, British peacekeepers traded fire with gunmen, and in southern Afghanistan, a rocket just missed the offices of the Kandahar governor.

The fighting in Khoja Kotkai, 30 miles west of Kabul, pitted two ethnic Pushtun commanders vying for control of a valley in Wardak province. Officials said at least three people were killed.

In the capital, about 30 gunmen fired AK-47 assault rifles at British peacekeepers Friday night, sparking a firefight, a spokesman for the force said. No one was injured, and seven suspects reportedly were arrested.

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