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Rockets explode near Afghan Loya Jirga venue, 1 injured


13:59, November 17, 2011

KABUL, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- At least three rockets were heard whistling to the venue of Afghanistan's ongoing Loya Jirga and explosions followed at around 8 a.m. (0330 GMT) on Thursday morning, injuring at least one person, witnesses near the site told Xinhua.

The four-day Loya Jirga or traditional grand assembly of tribal elders, lawmakers and government functionaries opened Wednesday to discuss the proposed strategic partnership with the U.S. and Afghan government-initiated peace talks with Taliban militants.

One civilian sustained injuries in one of the blast, a police official said, adding investigation is underway.

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