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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-10-10

The weekend death toll in Afghanistan has reached seven due to separate bomb attacks against NATO forces. The attacks not only killed NATO troops but also claimed the lives of civilians, including a child.

AP - Roadside bombs killed seven people including two NATO troops in war-torn Afghanistan Sunday, as a suicide bomber blew up his vehicle near a military convoy, killing a child and wounding two other people.

The Afghan government, meanwhile, named former President Burhanuddin Rabbani as the chief of a new peace council tasked with talking to insurgent groups.
 
Daily violence continues unabated throughout much of Afghanistan. The focus of the US-led war - which entered its 10th year last week - has been on the south, but coalition troops are increasingly fighting resilient militants in the east, west and north.
 
Five members of a family died in a roadside bombing in eastern Paktia province. Two NATO service members were killed in a blast on a highway in southern Afghanistan, NATO said.
 
The suicide car bombing occurred in eastern Khost province’s Mandozai district, killing a child bystander while only slightly damaging a NATO vehicle.
 
“The killing and wounding of innocent children is reprehensible,” said US Army Col. Rafael Torres in statement.
 
NATO said Sunday intelligence sources tracked a Taliban commander - identified as Mullah Jamaluddin - as he traveled in western Badghis province’s Murghab district Saturday. A gunbattle erupted and the Taliban leader and two militants were killed.
 
“Jamaluddin was a very important person who received support from much of the local community,” provincial spokesman Sharaf Uddin Majidi told The Associated Press. “His death will certainly lead to increased peace and stability.”
 
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced Sunday the recently formed peace council had selected Rabbani as its chairman. Karzai praised their choice, saying Rabbani’s leadership would be “good for Afghanistan.”
 
Rabbani was one of a group of mujahedeen leaders who fought the Soviets in the 1980s. He was Afghanistan’s president between 1992 and 1996, when he was ousted by the Taliban.
 
The 70-member panel, which formally began work on Thursday, was created by Karzai to have a structure in place to guide talks with the Taliban and other insurgent groups.
 
“How much longer can we wait for foreigners to establish security for us? How much longer can we witness explosions in our mosques and see our leaders killed?” Rabbani said as he accepted the position. “Peace will come when we cooperate.”
 
Publicly, the Taliban have said they won’t negotiate until foreign troops leave the country, yet many Taliban leaders have reached out directly or indirectly to the highest levels of the Afghan government. There have been no formal negotiations yet between the Afghan government and the Taliban, only some contacts and signals from each side, according to Karzai’s spokesman, Waheed Omar.
 
Meanwhile, another Taliban leader, Ajmal Agha Jan, also died Saturday in southern Helmand province’s Marjah district after he pulled a pistol on a joint force that raided his compound, NATO said.
 
Six senior Taliban were killed in operations in western Badghis and neighboring Faryab province over the past two weeks, NATO said.
 
The Taliban has accused NATO of engaging in a propaganda campaign to demoralize the insurgents’ moral by inventing Taliban leaders and alleging they were killed or captured.
 
Two NATO troops were killed in a roadside bomb attack Sunday in southern Afghanistan, an alliance statement said, without giving nationalities or a specific location. On Saturday, four Italian troops died in a roadside blast in western Farah province.
 
Sunday’s deaths brought to 26 the number of NATO forces killed this month. At least 2,014 NATO service members have died since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001, according to an AP count.
 
Britain announced Saturday that kidnapped British aid worker Linda Norgrove died in a failed rescue operation by NATO forces.
 
Norgrove, 36, died Friday in eastern Kunar province when captors detonated a bomb as NATO forces attempted to free her, an official said. She was abducted in an ambush on Sept. 26 along with three Afghan colleagues who were later released. Six kidnappers also died in the rescue attempt.

 

Date created : 2010-10-10

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