Kabul rocket attack kills 100

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Kabul (Reuter) - The leader of a dissident Afghan mujahedin group offered a one-day ceasefire to let foreigners leave Kabul, where at least 100 people died in blistering rocket fire yesterday. 'We will accept a ceasefire for one day if the other side accepts,' a spokesman for the fundamentalist Hizbe Islami party said, in the Pakistani town of Peshawar.

He said that Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the Hizbe party leader, offered the conditional ceasefire in response to the United Nations Security Council call on Wednesday for a halt in fighting between Hizbe and the interim government so that foreigners could leave. Central Kabul was filled with people fleeing the four-day bombardment when 10 rockets ploughed into the crowd. Bodies lay in the street and more than 150 people were injured.

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