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60 Taliban Killed In Afghan Boating Accident

From a dejected Associated Press:

Afghan villagers tend to opium poppies in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province, in southern Afghanistan. Afghanistan produces 92 percent of the world’s opium.

Boat sinks crossing Afghan river; 60 die

By RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press Writer

KABUL, Afghanistan – A boat crossing a river in Afghanistan’s most dangerous province sank on Saturday, and at least 60 people were killed, including Taliban militants, the Defense Ministry said.

The boat sank while crossing the Helmand River, which snakes through Helmand province, the world’s leading opium poppy region and site of fierce battles the last several months. Hundreds of Taliban insurgents are believed to be in Helmand.

The Afghan army was investigating to see how many Taliban insurgents and how many civilians were on board, the ministry said. The brief statement did not say what caused the boat to sink or why officials believed militants were on board.

Elsewhere, suspected Taliban militants attacked a local police commander’s home, killing five of his family members and sparking a gunbattle with police that left 10 insurgents dead, an official said.

The attack in the southeastern province of Ghazni killed the commander’s wife, two sons and two nephews, said Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary. The commander worked for Afghanistan’s auxiliary police, a system of backup officers who supplement the country’s regular police force…

Gee, it would be too bad if this was merely an accident.

The boat sank while crossing the Helmand River, which snakes through Helmand province, the world’s leading opium poppy region and site of fierce battles the last several months. Hundreds of Taliban insurgents are believed to be in Helmand.

Helmand sounds like a target rich environment for several reasons.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, June 2nd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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