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Taliban critic killed in blast

March 20, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A lawmaker who was a vocal Taliban critic in Afghanistan's insurgency-plagued south was killed by a roadside bomb, family and officials said.

Four others died along with Dad Mohammed Khan in the explosion in the southern province of Helmand, said his cousin Aktar Mohammed Khan.

Elsewhere, an Australian bomb disposal expert was killed trying to defuse a device, Australia's defense chief said. It was the country's 10th combat death in Afghanistan.

Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston declined to give the exact location and time of the death -- the second of an Australian soldier this week.

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