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Unidentified Gunmen Fire on British Peacekeepers in Afghanistan - 2002-02-21


Unidentified gunmen have fired on a British patrol in the Afghan capital Kabul -- the second time in less than a week.

A spokesman for the multi-national peacekeeping force (Jonathan Turner) said the British soldiers came under fire late Wednesday as they were getting out of their vehicles to begin a foot-patrol in western Kabul.

The spokesman said troops and local Afghan police in the area returned fire. No casualties were reported.

British and Afghan authorities are continuing to investigate a shooting incident last week involving international peacekeepers that left one person dead in the same area of the capital.

British peackeepers say they were fired upon first, but witnesses say they opened fire without provocation. Two British soldiers involved in the incident have been sent back home.

Meanwhile, a group of Afghan tribal elders toured the U-S-controlled airport in Kandahar to ease their concerns over the coalition's decision that the runways were too damaged to allow the airport to be used for pilgrimage flights to Mecca.

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