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Bomb Rocks Afghanistan Capital

July 25, 2000

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) _ A bomb exploded outside the Kabul Hotel in the latest in a series of explosions to rock the beleaguered Afghan capital, witnesses said Tuesday.

No one was injured in the explosion late Monday, after the nighttime curfew. The Taliban blamed their northern-based opposition for the bombing, the third in as many weeks.

Security has tightened in the capital with Taliban soldiers stopping vehicles at checkpoints throughout the city. Men are being taken from their vehicles, searched and questioned, say witnesses.

The Taliban, who control roughly 90 percent of Afghanistan, are battling an alliance led by ousted defense minister Ahmed Shah Massood and deposed president Burhanuddin Rabbani.

There was no immediate comment from the opposition.

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