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Gunmen gun down tribal elder in S. Afghanistan
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18:02, June 28, 2008

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Unknown armed men shot dead a tribal elder in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, police said Saturday.

"Two armed men riding a motorbike opened fire on Hajji Abdul Bari, an influential chieftain in Gereshk district, on Friday, and killed him on the spot," police chief of Helmand province Mohammad Hussain Andiwal told Xinhua.

He did not give more details.

In another development, hundreds of people in Spin Boldak town of Kandahar province staged a protest demonstration to condemn the murder of religious leader Mawlawi Mohammad Rafiq, who according to Afghan officials was kidnapped in Chaman town of Pakistan Thursday and his body was handed over to Afghan authorities Friday.

Escalating insurgency and violent incidents have left around 2,000 people dead since January this year in the war-torn Afghanistan.

Source: Xinhua

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