Afghan Opposition said to attack Mazar-i-Sharif

The Afghan opposition bombed Taliban positions in the northern town of Mazar-i-Sharif overnight, a diplomat for the government-in-exile told a news agency in the Tajik capital on Thursday.

The Afghan opposition bombed
Taliban positions in the northern town of Mazar-i-Sharif
overnight, a diplomat for the government-in-exile told a news agency in
the Tajik capital on Thursday.

Two helicopter gunships blasted targets including the
airport and other military installations in Mazar-i-Sharif, 60
kms from the Uzbek border, Mohammad Saleh Registani said.

The armed Opposition to the Taliban regime in Kabul no
longer controls any airports where planes can land.

It was the second aerial attack since Opposition
helicopters bombed kabul airport early Wednesday in
retaliation for an assassination bid on Sunday against their
commander Ahmad Shah Masood, whose fate remains unknown.

Registani, military attache for the Afghan Opposition in
Moscow, said that the situation on the front line remains
tense, with both sides pursuing preparations for new military
operations.

Fighting broke out Tuesday morning some 25 km north of
Kabul as the Taliban tried to take advantage of the absence of
Masood.

Opposition sources say Masood was badly wounded when two
Arab men posing as journalists but linked to Saudi-born
extremist Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban detonated a
concealed bomb during a meeting in Opposition-controlled
territory on Sunday.

The veteran commander died from his injuries according to
US and Russian sources, but the opposition is adamant that he
is alive and recovering.

Bureau Report

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