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Bomb Kills 5 in S. Afghanistan         04/27 06:24

   KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan officials say five civilians were killed 
when a bomb detonated inside a house in the southern Zabul province, while in 
the north Taliban insurgents are clashing with police.

   Atta Jan, head of the Zabul provincial council, said Monday that two 
children and a woman were among those killed in the explosion the night before 
in the Shinkay district.

   In the northern Kunduz province, meanwhile, the Taliban battled police three 
days after declaring the start of their annual springtime offensive.

   Provincial Gov. Omer Safi says reinforcements have been sent in. He says 
there have been casualties on both sides, but was unable to provide precise 

   The Taliban escalate their attacks every year when the warm weather allows 
them to more easily traverse the mountains along the Afghanistan-Pakistan 


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