[R-G] Hours later, US admits bombing Red Cross
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Tue Oct 16 19:58:16 MDT 2001
AP. 16 October 2001. US Admits Bombing Afghan Red Cross.
WASHINGTON -- [Hours after photos ran on Al-Jazeera and CNN], the
Pentagon on Tuesday acknowledged that a U.S. warplane mistakenly dropped
bombs on Red Cross warehouses in Afghanistan.
U.S. forces did not know the warehouses were being used by the Red
Cross, and believed they were part of a complex where the Taliban
militia stored military equipment, the Defense Department said in a
statement. Military vehicles had been seen in the area, the statement
The Red Cross said a bomb crashed into its compound at Khair Khana near
Kabul, injuring a guard and setting afire two warehouses containing
wheat, medicine and other supplies.
Officials in Pakistan said the roofs of the warehouses were marked with
Red Cross insignia.
The incident happened as President Bush prepared to visit Red Cross
headquarters in Washington to encourage Americans to take part in
community service efforts during the military strikes.
Bush did not mention it in his remarks, and did not respond to questions
shouted by reporters.
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