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11 killed, 17 injured in clashes in Afghanistan

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Kabul (dpa) - At least 11 people were killed and 17 injured in clashes in northern and south-east Afghanistan, militia and army sources said Monday.
Forces of Uzbek warlord General Abdul Rasheed Dostum attacked government troops in northern Faryab province killing three civilians and one militia. Fourteen civilians including seven children and three fighters were wounded, a news report said.

General Mohammed Hashim Habibi, chief commander of the 200th Afghan army, told the Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) that nearly 1,000 Dostum troops attacked the Gurezeewan district early Monday with heavy mortar and artillery.

Dostum's troops attacked government forces in early April also seizing several key districts, including the capital of Faryab. A counter attack by the Afghan National Army (ANA)'s later forced them to withdraw.

In the southeastern province of Paktika, four militia and three police officers were killed Sunday in clashes between pro-government supporters and a local commander's army, a military commander said Monday.

The commander Zakim Shah, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that troops of local commander Fateh Khan had clashed with guards of the customs department in the Sorobi district in the province.

Both sides accused each other of provoking the clashes, but the cause was unclear, an officer said.

In a separate incident Monday, unknown assailants launched a hand-grenade attack on a Belgian relief organisation in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan. No injuries occurred, security forces said.

The attack followed the deaths of two foreigners, believed to be Swiss nationals, in Kabul. Their identities were still unclear Monday. The victims were either stoned or beaten to death, official Afghan source said.

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