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Taliban road attacks spread path of fear

September 30, 2009

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— Taliban militants are sowing fear along Afghanistan’s highways with stepped-up checkpoints, hijackings and bombs — including one Tuesday that killed at least 30 bus passengers in the south.

Afghan authorities say the attacks, often carried out by only a handful of militants, are part of a psychological campaign to convince civilians that Taliban control is spreading.

“It is quite possible for a group of three to five insurgents to come out on the highway and attack a convoy,” said the Interior Ministry spokesman, Zemarai Bashary. “Maybe thousands of people will travel that day and they are watching that convoy burning.”

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