Saturday, May 30, 2009

Wire: 56 Die in Afghan Violence

Off the Wire

Off the Wire:

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2009 -- Newswire services reported this morning that a battle in a militant-controlled region of western Afghanistan killed 30 insurgents and nine Afghan soldiers, while a roadside bomb in the country's north wounded an Afghan governor, officials said Saturday.

The Associated Press reported that violence elsewhere in the country killed 17 others, part of a spate of attacks that killed 56 people over all.

AP reported the following details:
The battle in Badghis province began Friday and continued into Saturday. Afghan troops supported by international forces killed 30 militants in the Bala Murghab district, a region where the Afghan government has little control. Nine Afghan soldiers died in the battle, and four "disappeared," the Ministry of Defense said. The ministry did not elaborate.

The roadside bomb detonated on the main highway in Kunduz province, and shattered glass slightly wounded Gov. Mohammad Omar, said his spokesman, Ahmad Sami Yawar. He blamed the "enemies of peace and security," a phrase that commonly refers to militants.

Taliban and other militants often target Afghan officials. Northern Afghanistan was once thought to be a peaceful enclave unaffected by rampant Taliban violence in the country's south and east. But militants have increased attacks in the area in the last two years as the insurgency has spread across the country.
(Report from newswire sources.)

Sources: 56 die in Afghan violence; bomb targets Afghan gov

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