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U.S. Bombing Kills at Least 30 at Afghan Wedding Mon Jul 1, 2:45 PM ET
By Nick Macfie
KABUL (Reuters) - A U.S. plane bombed a village in the central Afghan province of Uruzgan Monday killing at least 30 members of a wedding party and injuring many more, Afghan officials and residents said.
U.S. military officials confirmed there had been civilian casualties and said the incident was being investigated.
The bombing happened at 1 a.m. Monday in a village in the rugged, mountainous region 105 miles northeast of the southern city of Kandahar, residents said. They told the local Pashtu service of the BBC at least 120 people had been either killed or wounded.
An Afghan Defense Ministry official said celebrants were firing into the air, as is traditional in Pashtun weddings.
Resident Abdul Saboor told the BBC: "We managed to transfer some of the wounded to Kandahar in the morning. Some of the foreigners' choppers also came to help. There are no Taliban or al Qaeda or Arabs here. These people were all civilians, women and children."
Defense Ministry official Dr. Gulbuddin told Reuters: "More than 30 people were killed. It was a wedding ceremony and some of the participants were firing in the sky as part of the celebration. Americans have confessed that they made a mistake."
The Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press reported that at least 100 people, mainly women, were killed. Quoting sources in the nearby Helmand and Kandahar provinces, it said: "The number of dead and injured could be more than 300."
It said the area was the ancestral home of Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the vanquished Taliban, and that U.S. forces had launched an operation there several days ago in search of him.
BOMB MISSED TARGET
In Washington, the Pentagon ( news - web sites) said at least one bomb dropped by Western warplanes had missed its target in southern Afghanistan ( news - web sites) on Monday, but that it could not confirm claims that members of a wedding party had been killed.
U.S. Army Col. Roger King, speaking at Bagram air base in Eastern Afghanistan, said a coalition reconnaissance operation came under anti-aircraft fire overnight north of Kandahar and had responded with close air support.
"We understand there were some civilian casualties during the operation. We do not yet know how many casualties or how they occurred," he told reporters.
King said four injured civilians had been evacuated by U.S. forces and were being treated. He said the United States and coalition allies were conducting an investigation.
"The U.S. government extends its deepest sympathies to those who may have lost loved ones or who may have suffered any injuries," he said. "Coalition military forces take extraordinary measures to protect against civilian casualties."
Pentagon spokesman Navy Lt. Cmdr Jeff Davis said he could not confirm reports that at least one heavy U.S. B-52 bomber and a four-engine AC-130 gunship had been called in to respond to fire from the ground.
The International Security Assistance Force, responsible for security in the capital Kabul, 170 miles to the north, told Reuters it had contacted the U.S. liaison office which had heard nothing of any attack.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai told the local Bakhtar Information Agency the "sudden attack" happened in the Dehrawud district of Uruzgan province.
"We are trying to organize aid and a commission has gone there headed by the ministry of frontiers affairs," he said.
The United States launched air strikes against Afghanistan last year against the al Qaeda network of Islamic militant Osama bin Laden ( news - web sites), blamed for the September 11 attacks on Washington and New York, and the group's Taliban protectors.
There have been several reports of the United States mistakenly attacking civilian targets in Afghanistan.
In May, the U.S. army rejected reports it had mistakenly attacked a wedding party after AIP reported that U.S. planes had pounded the village of Bul Khil in Khost province after mistaking traditional firing at a wedding for an attack.
One recent military investigation found that a U.S. fighter pilot did not follow procedures when he mistakenly bombed Canadian troops in Afghanistan in April, killing four soldiers and injuring eight.
-- "Peacekeeping" forces (clearing the way @ for. Unocal), July 01, 2002
Post the article altho everyone has already heard of the tragic event but leave your stupid "headline" for your stupid fellow-traveler bulletin boards.
The news speaks for itself. Your verbal overkill speaks only for your own sicko partisan glee. Admit it, you (and UBL) are glad that this happened.
-- (email@example.com), July 01, 2002.
"In Washington, the Pentagon ( news - web sites) said at least one bomb dropped by Western warplanes had missed its target"
LOL, this seems to be the new military strategy under Dumbya. An awful lot of bombs just seem to "miss their target" whenever their happens to be a nice crowd of civilians within a few miles!
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 01, 2002.
LOL! Rolo I am the American, you are the Dumbyan.
-- (email@example.com), July 01, 2002.
And Ken is the Kenyan.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 01, 2002.
It may sound insensitive but someone might suggest to the Afgans that they temporarily suspend the practice of celebrating en mass with Kalashnikovs. Culture is culture but dumb is dumb.
-- Carlos (email@example.com), July 02, 2002.
It may sound insensitive but someone might suggest to Dumbya that he stop blowing billions of dollars in a country where we don't belong just to try to keep his ratings up. Politics is politics but dumb is dumb.
-- (dumbya milking the @ pearl harbor. effect), July 02, 2002.
It may sound insensitive to the developmentally-disabled, but
-- (dumb shit@oral surgeon.wiring mouth shut), July 02, 2002.
How does one become a dumb shit oral surgeon?
-- (hee haaaw @ you. idiot), July 02, 2002.
The same way you became a dumb-shit anal surgeon.
-- (trollboy smiles, squints and aims colonoscope @ fat.hairy anuses), July 02, 2002.
I just checked Dumbya'a fat hairy anus last Saturday and I saw you hiding in there. LOL, you're supposed to bury your head in the sand, not up his ass you dimwit! You should be more careful when you're kissing his ass, it's easy to get sucked in by the backdraft from his farts.
-- (hee haaw @ dumb. dumbya lover), July 02, 2002.
You liberal intellectuals are about as smart as the dumbest conservatives
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 02, 2002.