Afghans: 2 dead in attack in Defense Ministry

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French defense officials wouldn’t comment on the attack except to say Mr. Longuet wasn’t there at the time. “We don’t comment on Taliban declarations,” French military spokesman Thierry Burkhard said.

“We are always very vigilant with the measures of precaution taken” for travels in Afghanistan, he said.

France assures its Afghan partners of its “determination to remain committed at their sides in the fight against the plague of terrorism,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said in an online briefing Monday.

The shooting comes the same day that a roadside bomb in eastern Ghazni province killed six policemen who were in a vehicle during a patrol in Jaghatu district, said provincial police Chief Gen. Zirawer Zahid.

All six policemen inside the vehicle were killed in the explosion, which occurred about 6 miles west of the provincial capital, Ghazni city, he said.

Elsewhere in the east, a protest against the arrest of a mullah in Parwan province turned violent with protesters and police shooting at each other, killing at least one person, officials said.

The demonstration started over the arrest of a local mullah overnight in Charikar, the provincial capital, said provincial police Chief Sher Ahmad Maladani. Armed men in the crowd started shooting, and police struggled to regain control, Chief Maladani said.

At least one man has been confirmed dead from the melee at the main hospital in Charikar, said Abdul Khalil Farhangi, the hospital’s director. He said most of the injuries are bullet wounds and five people were in comas. One police officer was among the wounded, along with three children, Mr. Farhangi said.

The mullah, Sayed Ahmad, was arrested by Afghan and NATO forces late Sunday along with two others, said Abdullah Adil, an Afghan police official who coordinates with NATO in Parwan.

The two others were released, but the mullah continued to be held Monday because of suspicions that he has links to insurgents, Mr. Adil said.

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