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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.

Clashes between Pakistani militants kill 20

Clashes between two Pakistani Taliban factions have left at least 20 dead, security officials and militant sources said Monday, in a sign of the intense rivalries within the umbrella grouping. The fighting took place in the tribal regions between supporters of Khan Said Sajna, a senior commander once tipped to lead the group, and those of former leader Hakimullah Mehsud who was killed in a US drone strike last November.

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.

Afghan policeman shoots two foreign journalists, one killed

KHOST, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A veteran Associated Press photographer was shot dead and a reporter wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire on them in eastern Afghanistan, the news agency said. The attack took place on the eve of a presidential election that Taliban insurgents have pledged to disrupt through a campaign of bombings and assassinations. The AP said photographer Anja Niedringhaus, 48, had been killed and reporter Kathy Gannon, 60, wounded while they were sitting in their car.

Two female Western journalists shot in Afghanistan, one dead

A female Western journalist was shot dead and another wounded in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost on Friday, police said, on the eve of the country's presidential election. "Two female journalists were shot this morning inside a district police headquarters, one has been killed, while the other is seriously wounded," Khost provincial spokesman Mobarez Mohammad Zadran told AFP. Zadran and deputy Khost police chief Yaqub Mandozai said that the gunman was wearing police uniform.

Two female Western journalists shot in Afghanistan, one dead

A female Western journalist was shot dead and another wounded in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost on Friday, police said, on the eve of the country's presidential election. "Two female journalists were shot this morning inside a district police headquarters, one has been killed, while the other is seriously wounded," Khost provincial spokesman Mobarez Mohammad Zadran told AFP. Zadran and deputy Khost police chief Yaqub Mandozai said that the gunman was wearing police uniform.

Taliban extend ceasefire, ask Pakistan to meet demands

The Pakistani Taliban on Friday extended a ceasefire by six days to allow the government more time to meet their demands of releasing "non-combatant" prisoners and pulling back soldiers, the militia said in a statement. The government began negotiations with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) through intermediaries in February to try to end the Islamists' bloody seven-year insurgency.

German AP photographer shot dead in Afghanistan

An Afghan police commander on Friday shot dead a female German photographer working for the Associated Press on the eve of presidential elections, in an attack that also left a Canadian colleague wounded, the news agency and officials said. The journalists were shot in their car in the Tanai district of Khost province, in the country's east, as they reported on distribution of ballot papers for the election to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai.

Pakistan Taliban extend ceasefire for 10 days after prisoner release

By Haji Mujtaba MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Pakistani Taliban have extended their March ceasefire until April 10, a spokesman said Friday, following the release of a batch of low-level prisoners by the Pakistani government. "Tehreek-e-Taliban is once again showing seriousness and responsibility, and in order to wait for an answer from the government, is extending the ceasefire until April 10," spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said.

Pakistan releases 19 Taliban prisoners

Pakistan's Interior Ministry has released 19 Taliban prisoners who were held on intelligence reports about their involvement in militant activities, a ministry spokesman said Thursday. "It is government policy to release detainees after interrogation if they turn out to be innocent," the spokesman said. They were released between March 21 and 28, he said.
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