July 21, 1997 in Nation/World

Anti-Taliban Jet Bombs Kabul, Kills 8

Compiled From Wire Services

An anti-Taliban jet fighter screamed in low over a crowded Kabul neighborhood Sunday, dropping two bombs that killed eight people, including three children, and wounded 12 others.

Opposition forces fighting the Taliban religious army, which seized the capital in September, earlier claimed to have ousted Taliban soldiers from a strategic air base and town north of Kabul.

If confirmed, the capture of Baghram air base would put the opposition within easy rocket range of the capital.

The Taliban religious army seized Kabul on Sept. 27 and controls the southern two thirds of the country, where it has enforced its strict version of Islamic rule.

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