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U.N. Workers Among Four Dead in Shootout

January 27, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Bandits ambushed two U.N. vehicles on a remote road in eastern Afghanistan, leading to a shootout with police that killed four people -- two of them Afghan U.N. employees.

The shootout started after bandits seized the vehicles and took the U.N. workers captive, apparently to rob them. Police arrived at the scene and exchanged fire with the bandits.

A police officer and a suspected bandit also were killed. The U.N. employees were working with the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, which helps homeless people in the area.

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