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Taliban destroying Gandhara heritage in Pakistan

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« on: December 02, 2009, 07:17:53 am »

Peshawar, the troubled capital of northwest Pakistan known for its Buddhist heritage and archaeology, used to attract thousands of tourists but security fears and bomb attacks make it a no-go area for foreigners.

Its museum is open, but one gate has been sealed and cement barricades outside the second allow only pedestrians to enter.

5 Afghan border security guards killed

Kabul: A roadside bomb killed five Afghan border security guards travelling on a heavily used road in southern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan on Sunday.

General Abdul Raziq, a border security commander, said the bombing occurred before dawn in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province. The Ministry of Interior said the explosive struck an Afghan National Police vehicle, killing the five.

The attack comes amid reports that nearly a dozen militants suspected of having ties to high-ranking Taliban members were detained in separate operations Sunday, underlining the security struggle in the country’s south.

The district is in a volatile area that has been patrolled mostly by border security police. US troops moved into the region in July. Meanwhile, NATO said in a statement that forces detained several militants with links to the Taliban on Sunday.

Several people were detained in Kandahar province, including a suspected militant who NATO says was involved with suicide bombings in the area and has links to several senior local Taliban leaders. South of Kabul, an Afghan-international security force detained several militants near the village of Kashimiri Balat while pursuing an alleged Taliban member involved in the weapons trade, it said. — AP
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