Afghan official: child killed in Jalalabad blast

January 13, 2011 09:52


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KABUL, Afghanistan  — A child was killed Thursday when a bomb exploded in a market in eastern Afghanistan where violence persists despite a crackdown on insurgent leaders, an Afghan government official said.

Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for Nangarhar province, said the blast occurred outside a music cassette shop in Jalalabad, the provincial capital 125 kilometers (77 miles) east of Kabul. Other civilians were injured, but were not taken to the hospital, he said.

Separately, NATO reported that Afghan and coalition forces on Wednesday detained a Taliban operator in Behsud district of Nangarhar province, one of scores of insurgents who have been captured or killed in recent months in southern and eastern Afghanistan, especially in provinces along the Pakistan border.

The coalition said the Taliban operator coordinated the movement of foreign fighters into eastern Kunar province from neighboring Pakistan and was responsible for conducting attacks against government and coalition forces.

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