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    Private security firm weapons confiscated

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Officials in northern Balkh province said on Wednesday they had seized weapons and other equipment from a private foreign security company.

    Accidents & Disasters

    4 killed, 50 injured as bus overturns in Balkh

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Four people were killed and another 50 wounded when a passenger bus overturned on the Kabul-Mazar-i-Sharif highway in northern Balkh province, an official said on Wednesday.


    Sweden pledges $3m to 4 northern provinces

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Swedish Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) officials on Tuesday pledged $3 million (145.7 million) for promoting education in four northern provinces.


    4 killed, 20 wounded in Balkh explosion

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Four people were killed and 20 others wounded in a bomb explosion in northern Balkh province on Tuesday, officials said.


    2,000 projects completed in Balkh amid criticism

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Officials in northern Balkh province say nearly 2,000 welfare projects were completed in 14 districts in past few years, but the development council members call development activities unsatisfactory.

    Security and Crime

    Afghans ready for security switch in north

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Security officials in the north on Tuesday said they were ready for the second phase of security transition. 


    German minister insists on training Afghan forces

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The German Interior Minister Hans Peter Friedrich on Sunday insisted on equipping and training of the Afghan forces for the successful completion of security switch.


    Washington supports Kabul-Islamabad talks

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The US ambassador to Afghanistan on Monday said his country was ready to support President Hamid Karzai's plan for peace talks with Pakistan, not Taliban.


    Afghans mourn assassination

    KABUL (PAN): Jihadi and political leaders strongly condemned the murder of High Peace Council Chairman Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani on Wednesday, pledging to avenge his death.

    Accidents & Disasters

    2 die in Mazar-i-Sharif cylinder blast

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): At least two people died and 10 others sustained injuries when a gas cylinder exploded in northern Balkh province on Wednesday.