Afghanistan explosion kills four

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16 June 2004, KABUL/ISLAMABAD - At least two children and two Afghan men travelling in a German-led Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) vehicle were killed Wednesday by a remote-controlled mine in Afghanistan's northeastern province of Kunduz, senior provincial officials said.

16 June 2004

KABUL/ISLAMABAD - At least two children and two Afghan men travelling in a German-led Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) vehicle were killed Wednesday by a remote-controlled mine in Afghanistan's northeastern province of Kunduz, senior provincial officials said.

The blast occurred as the vehicle was driving on a crowded road about one kilometre from the NATO-led PRT base, General Daud, a senior military commander in Kunduz, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

"According to our initial report, four civilians have been killed and a young Afghan girl was also injured," Daud said.

The provincial governor of Kunduz, Mohammed Omar, blamed the explosion on radical Taliban insurgents and fighters loyal to warlord Gulbadin Hekmetyar, Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) reported.

Shortly after the incident, the United Nations temporarily suspended all its operations in Kunduz, a UN employee told DPA. "We were told to leave the office as soon as possible and not to come in Thursday as well."

The local driver of the vehicle was among the four dead, Daud said, adding that no German soldiers were inside the vehicle when the device exploded.

Four suspects who had been attempting to leave Kunduz city have been arrested in connection with the blast, said Omar.

The attack was the second in the region in less than a week. At least 11 Chinese construction workers were killed and several wounded in an attack last Thursday.

German authorities have said 250 troops involved in PRT operations in Afghanistan would continue their activities despite mounting domestic disquiet over their role.

Earlier Wednesday, unidentified insurgents staged a rocket attack on a three-vehicle U.S. convoy in Gardez city, capital of eastern Paktia province, AIP reported.

There were no reports of casualties.

DPA

Subject: German news

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