Unilateral ceasefires announced by both sides for Friday were shattered when a Hizb rocket destroyed a plane sent to airlift Russian diplomats from Kabul. The last 50 Russian diplomats in the city and 10 commandos flew out aboard an Afghan army plane yesterday.
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KABUL (Reuter) - Afghanistan's mujahedin government yesterday announced a ceasefire with the rebel Hizbe Islami party and was to set up a buffer force around Kabul, devastated by three weeks of relentless rocket and artillery exchanges. Sporadic rocket salvos stopped about half an hour before the ceasefire was due to take effect.