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Bush Mourns Killing of Afghan VP

July 6, 2002

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KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) _ President Bush said the assassination Saturday of an Afghan vice president left the United States ``more resolved than ever″ to help build stability in that country.

Bush speculated that terrorists were behind the murder of Vice President Abdul Qadir and his driver in Kabul, the capital, where U.S. forces last year ousted the terrorist-allied Taliban regime that had ruled Afghanistan.

``It could be that. It could be drug lords. It could be longtime rivals. Who knows? All we know is a good man is dead and we mourn his loss,″ Bush said.

``We are more resolved than ever to bring stability to the country so that the Afghan people can have peace and hope.″

Qadir was appointed one of three vice presidents during last month’s Afghan grand council, or loya jirga. He also served as governor of eastern Nangarhar province and played a leading role in getting rid of the Taliban.

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