Muslim Soviets reportedly aid Afghan-guerrilla raid
Soviet soldiers from the predominately Muslim republic of Uzbekistan helped Muslim guerrillas attack a major airfield in Afghanistan last week by showing the way through minefields, Western diplomats said today.
The diplomats said there was extensive damage to parked aircraft and airport buildings during the raid on the Baghram airfield north of the Afghan capital of Kabul. Uzbek soldiers guarding the base guided the guerrillas through minefields around the airfield perimeter, they said.
Afghan guerrilla groups have reported growing support in Soviet Muslim republics bordering Afghanistan.