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60 Killed In US Air Raids

By Vision Reporter

Added 2nd November 2001 03:00 AM

CHOKAR KARAIZ, Afghanistan, Thursday - Rubble and fresh graves marked with the flags of martyrs are all that remains of this tiny Afghan village after US bombing killed at least 60 people, survivors said yesterday.

CHOKAR KARAIZ, Afghanistan, Thursday - Rubble and fresh graves marked with the flags of martyrs are all that remains of this tiny Afghan village after US bombing killed at least 60 people, survivors said yesterday.

CHOKAR KARAIZ, Afghanistan, Thursday - Rubble and fresh graves marked with the flags of martyrs are all that remains of this tiny Afghan village after US bombing killed at least 60 people, survivors said yesterday. Locals said about 20 villagers survived attacks on October 19 and 20, when US bombs and cannon fire destroyed everything in sight. Foreign reporters brought here by the Taliban militia saw the devastation: every house had been flattened and huge craters gaped in the surrounding fields. “Around midnight the bombing started. It lasted for two hours and then the next night it began again and lasted all night and the rest of the following day,” said 36-year-old farmer Mehmood. “When it started everyone just fled their homes and ran in every direction. We didn’t know where to go.” He said he knew 19 people who had died in the raids, including members of his extended family. The village, 60km north of the Taliban’s stronghold of Kandahar, was a scene of utter ruin. Long cracks had opened up in the ground where the bombs struck. Trees were broken and splintered, cars burned and torn. Even cooking pots were riddled with bullets holes. Huge shrapnel lay everywhere. One bore the words “Guided Bomb” while another was marked with “For use of MK82”. “Many bodies were blown apart and all we could do was collect their limbs and put them together in the same grave,” said 65-year-old Mungal as he showed a freshly-dug graveyard. “I brought some of the remains here in a tractor,” he said, pointing to a line of 18 graves, some of which had been marked with small coloured flags on long, thin poles, signifying martyrdom. Mungal, who said he lost most of his friends and family in the attack, claimed that the remains of 30 people were buried in the graves. Although he could not understand why the US had attacked an innocent farming village, he refused to curse the Americans. “I’m not aware of our crime and why we were bombed. There were no Taliban here,” he said. “If the aircraft did not know who we were they should have checked before they bombed and killed innocent civilians”. “I don’t know about politics. But I’m angry, and I leave it up to God,” Mungal said. But as the US-led air campaign entered its 26th day, Washington warned the Taliban regime to brace for more carpet-bombing of their positions across the country. At least one B-52 bomber was spotted dropping large numbers of unguided bombs over Taliban frontlines north of Kabul on Wednesday and a senior US military official signalled it could be a taste of things to come. AFP Ends

60 Killed In US Air Raids

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