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Saturday, 24 August, 2002, 16:17 GMT 17:17 UK
US forces arrest five Afghans
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United States forces have arrested five Afghans in the eastern province of Kunar bordering on Pakistan.

Reports quoting the Afghan Islamic Press said those arrested included Haji Rohullah, a member of the Loya Jirga or tribal council which elected President Hamid Karzai in June.

Mr Rohullah's family in Pakistan confirmed that he was arrested on Thursday.

Four other supporters of the Karzai government, including an official who controls the border forces, were also arrested.

All five people have been taken to Bagram air base for questioning.

Mr Rohullah belongs to Jamaat-al-Dawat, a group alleged to have close links with Arab militants.

His party runs an Islamic institution in Pakistan which is believed to be funded by Arab donors.


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