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Afghan Opposition Military Leader Masood Dies; Funeral Sunday - 2001-09-15


Officials with Afghanistan's government-in-exile say assassinated opposition military leader Ahmad Shah Masood will be buried Sunday in his native Panjsher valley in northeastern Afghanistan.

Earlier reports said he was to be buried Saturday, the day opposition leaders confirmed Mr. Masood's death from wounds suffered last Sunday in a suicide bombing by two Arabs posing as journalists.

The opposition blames Afghanistan's Taleban, Pakistani military intelligence agents, and wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden for the assassination. Pakistan and the Taleban deny involvement. Osama bin Laden has not commented.

European leaders are condemning Mr. Masood's death. A spokesman for the British Foreign Ministry calls it an act of terrorism and says it shows the need to restore democracy to Afghanistan.

Leaders of the French parliament hailed what they called Mr. Masood's courage and deep concern for the well-being of the Afghan people. Iran and Russian also sent their condolences.

Mr. Masood -- a 49-year old ethnic Tajik -- was the military leader of Afghanistan's opposition Northern Alliance. His death is seen as a severe blow to the opposition's fight against the ruling Taleban, which controls 90 percent of Afghanistan. The opposition holds on to a small section of the north.

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