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To: HAL9000
From "Afghanistan This Week" -

Ahmad Shah Masood Is Safe

By Ahmad Lais ( Afghanistan This Week ): On sunday Mr. Ahmad Shah Masood the supreme leader of Afghanistan's United Front was injured in an explosion while giving interview to two Algerian journalists.

A very close source to United Front in Moscow said that this two algerian sucide bombers were belonging to Osama Bin Laden. He said that one of these men have died and the other one is arrested.

The source also confirmed that one of Mr. Masood's body guards was killed in the explosion. Mr. Masood was in his consious and he was able to talk.

6 posted on 09/09/2001 2:16:31 PM PDT by HAL9000
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Monday, September 10 4:49 AM SGT

Masood injured in suicide bomb attack, bombers dead: spokesman

KABUL, Sept 10 (AFP) -

Afghan opposition commander Ahmad Shah Masood was treated by doctors for "minor injuries" following an assassination attempt which killed two suicide bombers, his spokesman told AFP late Sunday.

Masood was being treated at his heavily-guarded Khwaja Bahauddin residence in the north of the country, Waisuddin Salik said by satellite phone.

He said the two perpetrators of the "suicide attack" against Masood were killed when a booby-trapped camera they were handling exploded.

The assassination attempt was carried out Sunday by two Arabs claiming to be journalists who wished to interview the opposition commander, the spokesman said.

"The suicide attack killed the two Arabs and slightly injured the commander," said Waisuddin Salik. "The commander's state of health was not giving cause for concern," he added.

"The bomb had been cleverly hidden in the camera and it exploded."

A source at the Afghan embassy in Dushanbe earlier told AFP the incident killed an official from Masood's opposition forces and wounded Masood in the leg.

The 49-year-old ethnic Tajik commander, seen as the last bulwark against the ruling Taliban militia in Afghanistan, was "feeling fine," the embassy source added.

"This afternoon, Masood gave an interview in his office to a group of Arab journalists who arrived from Kabul. When the camera started filming, it exploded. It looks like a bomb had been concealed in it," the source said.

The extremist Taliban Islamic militia captured Kabul in 1996, and now controls about 95 percent of the country.

But Masood's forces, a loose coalition of mainly ethnic Uzbek and Tajik commanders, continue to resist the Taliban in the far north of the war-ravaged country.

The Taliban administration is recognized only by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Masood became known as the "Lion of Panjsher" for doggedly resisting Soviet attempts during their 1979-89 invasion to take his stronghold of the Panjsher valley, north of Kabul, which he continues to control. Defence minister under President Burhanuddin Rabbani's government, he was forced into the hills after the Taliban captured Kabul and ousted the Rabbani administration. The Afghan embassy in Dushanbe represents the government-in-exile. A familiar face internationally, always pictured wearing his trademark brown Afghan woollen hat, Masood was given a hero's reception during a landmark visit to France earlier this year to drum up support for the Afghan opposition.

In an interview with AFP in Khwaja Bahauddin in June, he voiced confidence that his forces would regain the initiative against the Taliban and voiced ambitions of leading his country one day.

"If it is to my country's benefit, this could happen," Masood said.

7 posted on 09/09/2001 2:49:51 PM PDT by HAL9000
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