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Rocket kills 3 Afghan sisters

KABUL, Afghanistan — A rare rocket attack in the Afghan capital Saturday night demolished two rooms of a mud-brick home and killed three teenage sisters, the family and police said.

The rocket attack on the southern end of Kabul landed on a house next to an Afghan police training center. The attack crushed the home and killed three sisters ages 13, 15 and 16, said Sayed Farah Muz, the girls' uncle.

"There are 40 countries in Afghanistan, and still we are hit by rockets. What is the benefit?" said Sayed Shah Barat, the girls' cousin. "The Iraqi people hit (President) Bush with their shoes, but we should do the same with our leaders."

There are 41 nations involved in NATO's security coalition in Afghanistan.

Gen. Ali Shah Paktiawal, the head of criminal investigations for the Kabul police, said two rockets were fired into Kabul after nightfall Saturday.

Kabul once suffered greatly from rocket fire during the country's civil war in the 1990s, but such attacks have been a rarity the past several years.

Police did not say who was believed responsible for the attack, though the rockets were likely fired from the western end of Kabul, Paktiawal said. The area is near neighboring Wardak province, which has seen an influx of militants over the past year.

Elsewhere, a suicide car bomber attacked a police checkpoint Saturday in southern Afghanistan, killing five officers and two civilians in the Arghandab district of Kandahar province, said local police Chief Zamarai Khan. Four officers and one civilian were wounded.

Meanwhile, the U.S. coalition, combined with Afghan forces, said Saturday that they were on patrol in Helmand province Thursday when they saw militants pulling out weapons from a hiding spot. The combined forces killed the militants and destroyed the weapons.

Rocket kills 3 Afghan sisters 12/27/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 4:47pm]
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