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Explosion Kills 7 in Afganistan

October 10, 1999

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) _ An explosion in northern Afghanistan killed seven people and wounded 12 others, the Taliban-run Radio Shariat reported Saturday.

The explosion occurred outside the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif as Taliban soldiers were loading explosives and weapons into a vehicle, according to the radio broadcast.

The Taliban, who rule 90 percent of Afghanistan, said the explosion was an accident and ruled out sabotage.

The Taliban are battling their opponents in northern Afghanistan in an attempt to gain full control of the country.

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