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    Afghan officials attacked at site of civilian killings

    BALANDI, Afghanistan (AP) — Seconds after the Afghan president’s brothers stepped outside the village mosque where they had been attending a memorial ceremony Tuesday for 16 civilians allegedly killed by a US soldier, the Taliban opened fire.

    An Afghan army soldier protecting the two men — part of a high-level government delegation that was visiting one of the two villages where the killings took place — was shot in the head almost instantly and died.

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