Friday, September 4, 2009

NATO Airstrike Kills Dozens, Maybe 100s of Afghan Villagers

From Derrick Crowe at The Seminal/FDL:

From Reuters:

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) - NATO forces in Afghanistan were investigating on Friday whether civilians were among scores of people burned to death when they carried out an air strike against two hijacked fuel tankers.

...Kunduz province Governor Mohammad Omar said as many as 90 people were feared killed, burned alive in a giant fireball.

. . . .

AP reports that as many as 40 of the dead were civilians.

As usual:

Crowe adds:
This story is very fluid, and the numbers quoted above are the very conservative estimates. Reports from the scene indicate that few bodies are in one piece. The health minister from Kabul indicates that "Around 200 to 250 villagers were believed to have gathered" around the trucks before the bombs fell, and the trucks were, obviously, highly combustible before hit with ordinance."

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