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Afghan Civilian Casualties After U.S. Bombs Insurgents


31 August 2004 -- There are reports of civilian casualties after U.S. warplanes targeted a remote Afghan village last night in response to a rocket attack on the local administration.

The U.S. military said U.S. planes began bombing the area after assailants fired 25 rockets at the mayor's office in Manogi, 170 kilometers from the capital, Kabul.

The governor of Kunar province, Sayyed Fazel Akbar, said U.S. planes responded with an assault on a village, Weradesh, believed to be the origin of the rocket attack.

It is unclear how many people were killed in the raid but the director of a Danish international aid group that was hit by U.S. firepower says eight villagers were killed and his group's headquarters destroyed.

A U.S. military source, Master Sergeant Ann Bennett, said today that seven children, two Afghan soldiers, and one U.S. soldier were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated a grenade during the fighting, but did not rule out additional casualties from the U.S. air bombing.

(AP/dpa/Reuters/AFP)
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