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Afghanistan: UN Submits Report On U.S. Raid On Wedding Party

Kabul, 30 July 2002 (RFE/RL) -- The United Nations today gave the Afghan government a report on its investigation into the United States bombing of an Afghan wedding party at the start of July. UN spokesman David Singh said the UN had no plans to publish the report, but he said the Afghan government could release the information at a later date.

A UN inquiry team visited the site in Afghanistan's central Uruzgan Province where Afghan officials said 48 Afghans were killed and more than 100 injured in a U.S. air raid on 1 July.

The U.S. military has said one of its aircraft was fired upon when it was patrolling the area, which prompted the raid.

A story appeared in the British newspaper "The Times" yesterday claiming the UN team found that U.S. forces had attempted to hamper any investigation by removing evidence such a shrapnel, bullets, and blood from the scene of the attack. The U.S. military denied any attempt at a cover-up.