Blasts rock Afghan New Year celebrations, kill 2 civilians

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March 21, 2010 10:15

 
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KABUL — A roadside bomb killed two civilians Sunday as a series of blasts targeted people celebrating the Afghan New Year, local officials said.

The deaths occurred in Khost province, southeast of Kabul, near a large crowd that gathered at a mountaintop shrine to celebrate Nowruz, the start of spring and the traditional New Year celebrated in Afghanistan, Iran and other countries of central Asia.

The blast also wounded four others, said Khost police Chief Yaqoub Khan, who was about meters away when the blast occurred but was not injured. He said Afghan and US forces provided enough security to prevent a deadlier attack "but unfortunately the enemy uses every means and planted a bomb just off the road."

The province borders Pakistan and is a major flash point of the Taliban-led insurgency.

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