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Afghanistan Executes 15 Convicted Criminals


Afghan officials say 15 prisoners have been put to death by gunfire in the country's first execution in more than three years.

The convicted criminals were shot in a Kabul prison late on Sunday. The French news agency quotes an official as saying most of the prisoners had been found guilty of murder.

In other news, a roadside bomb killed an Australian soldier serving with the NATO mission in Uruzgan province in central Afghanistan. The bomb went off as a NATO convoy was passing through the area, where Dutch and Australian troops make up the majority of foreign forces. At least one other NATO soldier was injured.

Earlier, police say a suicide bomber on a bicycle struck near a NATO-led military convoy in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, wounding at least three civilians, including children.

In eastern Khowst province Monday, NATO says an Afghan child was killed and two others wounded near an area used by NATO-led troops as a training range. NATO is unclear how the incident occurred.

Taleban militants have carried out numerous roadside attacks and suicide raids in the region as part of their campaign against the Afghan government and foreign troops stationed in the country.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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