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|Taliban claim recovering 160 bodies from bombed village|
|10/13/01 at 07:47:57|
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Taliban claim recovering 160 bodies from bombed village
ISLAMABAD: At least 160 bodies, mostly of women and children, have been recovered from a village in eastern Afghanistan that was bombed by US planes during a failed attack on an alleged terrorist training camp, the Taliban said on Friday.
"So far 160 bodies have been recovered, mostly women and children," a spokesman for Afghanistan's ruling militia told the Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press. "This is not an exaggeration. More bodies are still being recovered. Government relief teams are in the area and local people are involved in the rescue operation," he said.
Taliban officials in the area said on Thursday that they feared more than 200 people had been killed when a bomb struck the village of Kadam, which lies about 40 kilometres west of Jalalabad city. Al-Qaeda is believed to have established several camps in the area.
According to Taliban officials in Jalalabad, there was a bin Laden training camp near Kadam but it had been abandoned as soon as the US started signalling that it intended to retaliate for the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington.
Local officials said many people in the area around the village of Kadam had taken refuge in nearby caves, which have also been targeted. The Taliban spokesman told AIP more than 1,000 cattle, the most valuable assets for many Afghan families, had been killed. The other civilian casualties claimed by the Taliban include 10 members of the same family who were reportedly killed when a stray missile destroyed their house near Kabul, and dozens more in the southern city of Kandahar, the Taliban's main base.
Of the five deaths to have been independently confirmed, four were Afghans who worked for a United Nations-backed mine clearing agency who were in their office when it was hit by a US missile in Kabul on Monday. The other was a 12-year-old girl who died when a bomb blew up part of her house in a village near the city, witnesses told AFP.
Meanwhile, Sher Sha Hamdard, a official with the Taliban's Bakhter news agency in the eastern city of Jalalabad, told AFP on Friday that body parts, household belongings and at least one unexploded bomb litter the countryside around the Kadam village. He said the stench of corpses and rotting livestock around the village of Kadam was almost unbearable.
"I hate to say this, but I'm glad I saw these things because the world has to know what the Americans have done here," he said after his visit to the village, some 40 kilometres west of Jalalabad, on Friday.
The veracity of his accounts could not be independently verified but Hamdard said he had been accompanied by a television crew from Arab news station Al-Jazeera on the trip, which included a two-hour hike across difficult mountain terrain.
The Taliban have also invited other international television stations to visit the scene. Hamdard said the village was totally destroyed, and a nearby cave system had collapsed, trapping an unknown number of people who were believed to have taken shelter there when the US attack began overnight on Wednesday.
Taliban troops were sifting through the rubble in search of survivors, but Hamdard said hopes of finding any seemed lost. Dazed and confused villagers, including several with horrific injuries, were taking shelter where they could. The village had no clean water.
"I wish I had also died because now I have no one," the Taliban official quoted Laljan, a wounded villager, as saying. Laljan lost 11 members of his extended family in the attack. Other survivors told similar stories of entire families being wiped out in the bombardment. Residents said that they could not understand why a peaceful, impoverished village had been bombed, adding that there had been a training camp in the area but it had been abandoned a long time ago. Hamdard said an unexploded bomb, measuring 1.5 metres long, was lying near the remains of the village.
|Re: Taliban claim recovering 160 bodies from bombed village|
|10/13/01 at 07:50:50|
US bombing kills more than 200 villagers in east: Taliban
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Oct 11 (AFP) - US bombs or missiles killed more than 200 people in a village in eastern Afghanistan early Thursday in a failed attack on an alleged terrorist training camp, a Taliban official told AFP.
Sher Sha Hamdard, an official with the Taliban's Bakhter news agency in the eastern city of Jalalabad, said the death toll from the overnight attack on the village had risen from the earlier estimate of 100.
The village was called Kadam and lies about 40 kilometres (24 miles) west of Jalalabad, which has been the target of repeated US attacks since air strikes began on Sunday.
The Taliban's claims could not be independently verified. Only four civilian deaths have been independently confirmed since the US-led air strikes began on Sunday -- four guards killed when a de-mining agency was hit in Kabul.
Hamdard said 16 people from Kadam were being treated for injuries at a hospital in Jalalabad, including a child who lost his mother in the attack.
Another Taliban source in the city said four bombs had been dropped in the area overnight, and the injured villagers had reported that more than 60 homes had been destroyed.
Many people had taken refuge in nearby caves, which were also targeted. Hundreds of head of livestock, the most valuable assets for many Afghan families, had also been killed.
"There used to be an old training camp there but since those people heard that the Americans were going to bomb they all left," Hamdard said, adding that the dead were "mostly women, children and the elderly because many of the men were away."
The Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press, quoting unnamed sources and people injured in the attack, earlier reported that some 100 people had died and the village had been destroyed.
Jalalabad is a major military staging and training area for the Taliban, and is believed to be surrounded by several training camps for members of Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network.
But Hamdard said the camps had long since closed.
Al-Qaeda has been blamed for a string of attacks against US interests, including the September 11 atrocities in New York and Washington.
Taliban sources said Jalalabad and its surrounding areas were struck in three US-led attacks overnight Wednesday, when the heaviest bombing of the four-day campaign hit Kabul and Kandahar in the south.
|Re: Taliban claim recovering 160 bodies from bombed village|
|10/13/01 at 07:56:05|
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