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7 government guards killed in ambush

The Associated Press

KANDAHAR — Suspected Taliban rebels killed seven bodyguards of a provincial governor in an ambush in southern Afghanistan, an official said Sunday.

The attack late Saturday occurred in the Mir Mundo area of Helmand province, 50 miles northwest of Kandahar, said Mohammed Wali Khan, a spokesman for the governor of Helmand.

Helmand Gov. Sher Mohammed Akhundzada was not traveling with his guards, who were all government soldiers.

No arrests have been made, and nobody has claimed responsibility. Security forces later found a car that was apparently abandoned by the attackers, Khan said.

He did not provide further details but said that “this attack was carried out by the Taliban.”

Taliban and al-Qaida rebels have been launching increasingly bold assaults in recent months, raiding police stations, killing aid workers and confronting U.S. troops in growing numbers.


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