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Afghan Opposition Confirm Masood's Death - 2001-09-15


Afghanistan's opposition has confirmed the death of its military commander Ahmad Shah Masood.

A spokesman for the opposition says Mr. Masood died late Friday from wounds suffered during a suicide bomb attack and will be buried today (Saturday) according to Islamic practices.

Mr. Masood was critically injured Sunday when two Arabs posing as journalists set off a bomb hidden in a video camera.

The announcement ends days of uncertainty over Mr. Masood's condition, although it had become increasingly clear that he had been badly wounded in the attack.

He was widely believed to have been the main military obstacle to Afghanistan's ruling Taleban and his death is considered to be a severe blow to the opposition.

The legendary guerrilla leader battled invasion by Soviet forces, then was defense chief of the now deposed government (of President Burhanuddin Rabbani), until the Taleban seized control of the capital, Kabul, in 1996.

Anti-Taleban forces control only about five percent of Afghan territory, mostly in the north.

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