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Jalalabad Explosion Wounds 27 - 2004-06-30

Two explosions in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad have wounded at least 27 people, while attackers in another province have abducted 12 Afghan truck drivers taking supplies to U.S. troops.

Officials in Jalalabad, about 120 kilometers east of the Afghan capital Kabul, say the blasts occurred near downtown police checkpoints, Wednesday. They suspect Taleban insurgents were responsible.

Farther south, suspected Taleban stopped four trucks carrying supplies to a U.S. military base in Uruzgan province Tuesday, set the trucks on fire, and kidnapped the drivers and staff.

Meanwhile, authorities in Kandahar are trying to locate an Australian journalist and her Afghan driver who have been missing since Sunday.