- The Washington Times - Friday, August 18, 2006

AFGHANISTAN

Target disputed in U.S. bombing

KABUL — A top Afghan border police official said yesterday that 10 persons killed in a U.S.-led coalition air strike had been identified as police officers, despite the U.S. military saying it thinks it hit insurgents fleeing the scene of an attack.

The military said it was investigating Thursday’s coalition air strike in southeastern Paktika province but was confident that the trucks struck by coalition aircraft were those of “extremists” who had attacked coalition and Afghan forces, killing one Afghan soldier.

“I completely reject what the coalition is claiming,” said Gen. Abdul Rahman, Afghanistan’s deputy chief of border police. “All these people who have been killed were very active and smart officers.”

PAKISTAN

Six militants held in U.S. official’s death

KARACHI — Pakistani agents have arrested six militants accused of roles in a March suicide attack that killed an American Foreign Service officer, an official said yesterday.

A suicide bomber slammed his explosive-laden vehicle into facilities maintenance officer David Foy’s car near the U.S. Consulate in Karachi on the eve of a trip to Pakistan by President Bush, killing Mr. Foy and three Pakistanis.

An intelligence official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press, described the six arrested suspects as co-conspirators with the Pakistani suicide attacker, identified as Raja Tahir.

BANGLADESH

Nation mourns for famous poet

DHAKA — Thousands of grieving Bangladeshis gathered for a memorial in the capital yesterday to pay their respects to the country’s most-celebrated poet, Shamsur Rahman, who died on Thursday night.

Mr. Rahman, 77, died after weeks of illness, ending a career that spanned five decades. He was buried beside the grave of his mother on Friday afternoon.

An English graduate of Dhaka University, Mr. Rahman also served as editor of a Bengali newspaper in 1960s. He was respected for his brave and uncompromising stance for Bangladeshi independence before and during the 1971 war against Pakistan.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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