Rally Turns Deadly in Southern Afghanistan

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May 9, 2013 by civilvision

Rally Turns Deadly in Southern Afghanistan

When it was over, two cellphone towers were charred wrecks, shops in the local bazaar had been burned and a civilian helicopter taking off from a nearby American base had crash-landed. But what was unclear was exactly why: local leaders and officials greatly differed in their accounts of how the violence started. The Afghan authorities accused the Taliban of infiltrating the rally with gunmen, suicide bombers and motorcycles with bombs strapped onboard, according to Esmatullah Safi, the police chief of Maiwand District in southern Kandahar Province.

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