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UN Mediator: Fighting Flares up in Northern Afghanistan - 2002-10-04


United Nations mediators say fighting has flared up again between forces of rival military commanders in northern Afghanistan after a cease-fire failed to take hold.

A U-N spokesman in Kabul said Thursday three people have been killed and five others wounded so far in battles between supporters of ethnic Uzbek General Abdul Rashid Dostum and ethnic Tajik commander Atta Mohammad.

Fighting erupted between the two sides late last week. U-N negotiators hurried to the Dara-i-Suf area of northern Afghanistan, and they brokered a cease-fire.

But the U-N spokesman says fighting started again late Wednesday after a dispute between two soldiers.

Commanders Dostum and Mohammad agreed to work together to bring back peace to northern Afghanistan after the collapse of the Taleban last year. But anger between forces under their control frequently erupts into gunbattles.

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