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Toby Keith performance in Afghanistan interrupted by mortar fire

Oklahoma City_Country music star Toby Keith had a performance in Afghanistan last week interrupted by mortar fire, according to his booking agent.

Curt Motley, the agent, told The Oklahoman in an e-mail that Keith was playing his song "Weed With Willie" for troops during a USO Tour stop at a base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Thursday when mortar fire sent the singer and most of the about 2,500 soldiers in the crowd scrambling for shelter.

Motley is traveling with the 46-year-old Keith, a native Oklahoman, on the tour. The agent says in his e-mail that they ran about 100 yards to a concrete bunker, where they stayed for about an hour. During the wait, Keith signed autographs and posed for pictures with troops.

After the scare was over, Keith returned to the stage. Motley says Keith, quote, "went right to the verse he was in and finished his show."

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