Taliban birthplace in S. Afghanistan experiences day of terror

09:43, April 13, 2010      

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By Abdul Haleem

Taliban's birthplace of Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan experienced a horrible day on Monday, as two violent incidents claimed the lives of four civilians, while over two dozen others sustained injuries.

In the first incident carried out by NATO-led troops in the morning rush hour, four non-combatants including a woman were killed and 18 others sustained injuries as NATO-led forces opened fire on a passenger bus in Zhari district.

The gruesome incident triggered demonstration and prompted some 300 locals to block the road and call for the arrest and punishment of those responsible for the mishap.

NATO-led troops expressed regret in a statement, saying the ill- fated bus failed to heed to the warning of the soldiers and continued approaching the military convoy.

NATO-led forces have, as a precautionary measure, asked motorists not to get closer to military convoys.

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