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Afghans Gather to Celebrate Islamic Holiday - 2002-02-22


Afghans gathered in mosques and at relatives' homes today (Friday) to celebrate the Islamic holiday Eid al-Adha.

Residents in the Afghan capital, Kabul, sacrificed sheep in the courtyards of their homes to mark the three-day holiday. They also distributed food among relatives and the poor.

The celebration signaled that many Afghans are welcoming the new freedom that came with the fall of the Taleban last year. One butcher in Kabul says the people are free and can do what they want. But he says he worries about the future.

Afghan citizens are concerned about the fragility of their new government. The Associated Press quotes the international peacekeeping force in Kabul as saying at least two gunmen opened fire at British peacekeepers late Wednesday. The peacekeepers were leaving their car at the time to begin patrolling the city.

A spokesman for the peacekeeping force said police are still searching for the gunmen.

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