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5 April 2002

Associated Press

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — For God's sake, leave me! shouted Mehmood, an auto parts salesman, when two men with AK-47 assault rifles accosted him outside a mosque in a garbage-lined alley. Mehmood spoke his last words at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to witnesses. They say he then tried to snatch the gun of one assailant, whose partner stepped up and shot him in the back. The gunmen fled, and Mehmood died in the dirt, the victim of an apparent robbery attempt. On... (

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