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Soviet Press Reports Anti-jewish Pogrom Occurred in Afghanistan

Official reports in the Soviet press relate that a pogrom on the Jewish population of Balche, ten kilometers from Mazar, Afghanistan, was perpetrated.

Every Jewish store and many Jewish houses were robbed and wrecked. The city is in the territory where military operations against the deposed King Manuella, are being conducted. The local authorities are encouraging the soldiers to attack the Jews, the report states. The pro-Manuella troops have occupied Mazar and are moving toward Balche. No further details are available.