The World : New Afghan Rebel Assault
Afghan rebels have launched a major new offensive, pounding the eastern city of Jalalabad with rockets, mortar and artillery fire, the Kabul government said. The city has been besieged by guerrillas since March, after the pullout of Soviet troops. The rebels have considered the city as a possible seat for their provisional government. Kabul said government aircraft attacked rebel positions around Jalalabad and also around Kabul, where at least five people were killed by guerrilla rockets.