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Mine blast kills 6 people in southern Afghanistan; Taliban behead old woman, grandson

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By NOOR KHAN
Associated Press / December 13, 2007

KABUL, Afghanistan – A civilian car hit a freshly planted land mine in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing six people and wounding six others, while Taliban militants beheaded an old woman and her grandson accused of spying, officials said.

The blast ripped through the car as it traveled on a road outside the town of Tirin Kot, in Uruzgan province, a ministry statement said.

“This mine was possibly planted by the enemy,” it said. Afghan officials refer to the Taliban and other militants as “the enemy.”

Militants usually attack foreign and Afghan troops with mines and other roadside bombs, but most of the victims in such attacks have been civilians.

In Uruzgan’s Dihrawud district, Taliban militants beheaded a 60-year old woman and her grandson on Wednesday, said provincial police chief, Juma Gul Himat. The militants accused the woman of spying for government and NATO forces.

The incidents follow a Monday roadside blast on a NATO convoy in eastern Afghanistan that killed two soldiers and wounded three others, the alliance said in a statement.

NATO did not disclose the nationalities of the dead and wounded or the location of the attack on Wednesday. However, most of the NATO troops in the east are American.

This year has been the deadliest since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001. More than 6,200 people have been killed in insurgency-related violence, according to an Associated Press tally of figures from Western and Afghan officials.

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Written by afghandevnews

December 15, 2007 at 4:46 pm

Posted in Demining

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