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Fighting Resumes in Northern Afghanistan - 2002-10-03


United Nations officials in Afghanistan say heavy fighting has resumed between forces of rival commanders in the north.

A U-N spokesman told reporters in the capital, Kabul, that the latest clashes at Pir Naqshi in the northern Samangan province have wounded five people.

He said the fighting broke out (late Wednesday) between supporters of Uzbek commander Abdul Rashid Dostum and Tajik commander Atta Mohammad, violating a ceasefire in the area they agreed to last month. The spokesman said both commanders have sent officials to the area to try to stop the violence.

Witnesses in Samangan province have also reported fighting around Dara-i-Suf. Reports say at least three people were killed there last week.

Local rivalries in Afghanistan have often turned violent because there is no strong national authority.

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