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Rocket Barrage Kills 11 in Afghan Capital

July 17, 1994

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) _ In the worst rocket attack in weeks, forces loyal to Afghanistan’s prime minister rained hundreds of rockets on Kabul, killing 11 people and wounding at least 40.

Four people were killed when a rocket blasted a hole in the street outside shops in the once-popular Chicken Street Market, witnesses said.

Kabul, relatively untouched during much of the 14 years of Communist rule in Afghanistan, has been destroyed by bitter fighting between rival Islamic factions who took power from the communists in 1992.

Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and his ally, Rashid Dostum, have been trying for months to unseat their rival, President Burhanuddin Rabbani. But Rabbani’s troops have claimed recent gains in Hekmatyar-controlled areas.