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    Mullah accidentally blows up self, sons

    Mullah accidentally blows up self, sons

    From correspondents in Kandahar

    February 11, 2008 06:07pm

    Article from: Agence France-Presse

    A LANDMINE blew up in the home of a religious cleric in southern Afghanistan, killing the mullah, two of his sons and two other men who had been preparing an attack, police said today.

    The cleric's wife was critically wounded in the blast in their compound in the southern province of Helmand late yesterday, and a daughter was hurt, provincial police chief General Mohammad Hussein Andiwal said.

    The bodies of the mullah and his two sons, both under 15 years old, remained at the site of the blast, he said.

    Other people in the compound said two other men were killed but their bodies had been removed before police arrived, he said. ( HELLO, G )

    The group was likely associated with the Taliban, he said. The extremist militants are particular active in Helmand province, where they are said to be tied up with opium and heroin traffickers.

    An insurgency by the Taliban, who were in government between 1996 and 2001, was its deadliest last year with more than 6,000 people killed, most of them rebels but including hundreds of civilians.

    Taliban suicide and roadside bombings are generally aimed at Afghan and international soldiers but kill more civilians.




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