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In Ghor province in the east, officials said three students were killed in what looked like a revenge killing by the family of a Taliban commander who died recently in an explosion. Gen. Dilawer Shah Dilawer, the provincial police chief, said it appears the commander’s family believed the students or their family members were somehow involved in setting the explosive. He stressed, however, that the investigation was continuing.

Mirwais Khan reported from Kandahar, Afghanistan. Associated Press writers Amir Shah and Rahim Faiez in Kabul and Robert Burns in Washington contributed to this report.