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Attack on NATO trucks in Pakistan kills driver

Gunmen in restive northwest Pakistan on Monday attacked container trucks carrying supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan, killing a driver, officials said. The violence took place around 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of Peshawar, the main city of the northwest, according to security officials. Ali Sher, a local administration official, confirmed the incident. "Three trucks were attacked at three different locations in Jamrud tehsil (district) of Khyber agency killing one driver and setting his truck ablaze" he told AFP.

Anxious China emerges as diplomatic player in Afghanistan

By Katharine Houreld and Ben Blanchard KABUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - China is quietly preparing for a more robust role in the future of Afghanistan, concerned that the withdrawal of NATO troops will leave a hotbed of militancy on its doorstep. The two countries are connected by a narrow mountainous corridor that is almost impassable, which meant Beijing could focus on mining and mineral deals in Afghanistan as Western forces battled Taliban insurgents. But officials say that China is emerging as a key strategic player.

Bagram detainee haunted by 'mental torture'

Pakistani truck driver Umran Khan spent nine years in Afghanistan's Bagram prison, where he says he suffered beatings, sleep deprivation and a sustained campaign of mental disintegration -- despite committing no crime. Accused with a friend of transporting bombs in 2005, he has maintained his innocence -- and an official record shows his captors suspected the same.

One dead as gunmen attack NATO trucks in Pakistan

Gunmen in restive northwest Pakistan Thursday attacked container trucks carrying supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan, killing a driver, officials said. The attack took place around 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of Peshawar -- the main city of the northwest -- as a convoy of seven oil tankers was on its way to Afghanistan, according to security officials. Ali Sher, a local administration official, confirmed the incident.

Afghan commander: cross-border Taliban alliance growing stronger

By Maria Golovnina CAMP THUNDER, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban militants in Pakistan have established an increasingly close relationship with insurgents from across the border in Afghanistan, supplying them with explosives and well-trained fighters, a senior Afghan army commander said on Wednesday.

13 Killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan

Kabul, Apr 7 (EFE).- At least 13 civilians died and another five were wounded Monday when a roadside bomb went off as their vehicle passed on a route in the southern province of Kandahar, an Afghan police spokesman told Efe. The explosion went off around 6:00 p.m. in the Maywand district, provincial police spokesman Rahman Durrani said, adding that all the fatalities were men. The wounded, including a woman and child, were taken by security forces to the provincial hospital in "critical" condition, the spokesman said.

Roadside bomb kills 13 Afghan civilians

A roadside bomb killed 13 civilians travelling in a pick-up truck in a volatile district of southern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said, in the first major incident since elections two days ago. Taliban militants had vowed to target voters, candidates and officials at the presidential elections, but there were no large-scale attacks on polling day on Saturday. "A civilian vehicle hit a roadside bomb on the outskirts of Maiwand district," Kandahar provincial police spokesman Ghorzang Afridi told AFP. "As a result of the blast, 13 civilians were killed, all men.

Roadside bomb kills 13 Afghan civilians

A roadside bomb killed 13 civilians travelling in a pick-up truck in a volatile district of southern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said, in the first major incident since elections two days ago. "A civilian vehicle hit a roadside bomb on the outskirts of Maiwand district," Ghorzang Afridi, Kandahar provincial police spokesman told AFP. "As a result of the blast, 13 civilians were killed, all men." str/bgs/pdw/jom

3 Killed when bomb explodes as Afghan election vehicle passes

Kabul, Apr 6 (EFE).- Two election officials and a police officer were killed Sunday when a bomb exploded as a truck carrying completed election ballots was passing by in northern Afghanistan's Kunduz province, a police official told Efe. The spokesman for the provincial police, Sayed Sarwar Husaini, said that the blast occurred in Khanabad district as the election vehicle was en route to Kunduz, the capital of the same-named province. According to officials in Kunduz, the ballots being transported by the truck were destroyed in the explosion.

NATO chief praises Afghans for 'historic', secure vote

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen hailed the elections in Afghanistan Saturday as an "historic moment", praising the "enthusiasm" of voters and the "outstanding job" by Afghan security forces. "I congratulate the millions of Afghan men and women from across the country who have cast their votes in presidential and provincial council elections with such an impressive turnout and enthusiasm," Rasmussen said in a statement, calling the vote "a historic moment for Afghanistan".
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