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10/19/08 International

Taliban militants in Afghanistan stopped a bus carrying around 50 people and beheaded 30 of them, according to the New York Times and the USA Today.

The USA Today focused on the facts and numbers. Mentioning the death toll and the number of passengers on board. The New York Times focused on the governor of the province’s assertion that the people killed were not from the Afghan Army like the Taliban claimed, but were merely civilians looking for work in nearby Iran.

Both articles mention that the Taliban tried to stop a previous bus, but the bus got away, although a child passenger was killed by gunfire.