posted on Mar, 21 2004 @ 12:00 PM
Mar. 21, 2004. 12:35 PM (GMT -5)
Reports indicate that gunmen killed Mirwais Sadiq, Afghanistan’s aviation minister, in an ambush in the western city of Herat. This is the third
leading figure from Karzai's U.S.-backed interim administration to be assassinated.
points from the news articles:
Attackers killed Afghanistan’s aviation minister in the western city of Herat today, and factional fighting that followed killed as many as 100
people, Herat’s senior military commander said.
Fighting has broken out between rival militias following the assassination, and unconfirmed reports speak of scores of deaths and injuries.
Afghan state television earlier said that Ismail Khan, father of the aviation minister and Governor of Herat, was targeted in a separate attack, but
the presidential spokesman has denied this. Herat has been under the control of Ismail Khan, a former anti-Soviet resistance commander who runs a
large private army, since the fall of the Taliban in late 2001. Reports suggest the attack is the result of factional differences and is not tied to
the Taliban or al Qaeda. Troops loyal to the governor have surrounded the home of a senior military commander and a militia barracks in the city.
[Edited on 21-3-2004 by Spectre]