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US pounds Afghan areas

Kandahar, March 29 (Reuters): US B-52 bombers and helicopters pounded areas in southern Afghanistan today where fugitives of the ousted Taliban regime were believed to be hiding, an Afghan official said.

Hundreds of Afghan and US forces have rushed to Sangisak, about 70 km north of Kandahar, to flush out the Taliban, Kandahar police spokesman Safiullah told reporters.

“There is heavy fighting and intense bombing there,” he said. US military officials were not immediately available for comment.

Safiullah said several opposition fighters were killed or wounded in the fighting, but he did not have further details.

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