Another Dark Day for War Criminal Obama
Another NATO air strike kills 90 people, mostly civilians
Another NATO air strike blew up two fuel tankers hijacked by the Taliban in the northern province of Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing 90 people, mostly civilians.
A spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) under NATO told AFP: “It was an ISAF airstrike.”
A dead donkey, plastic oil cans and debris lie scattered around the burnt-out oil tankers. Picture: AFP/GETTY. Image may be subject to copyright.
The governor of Kunduz told reporters that at least two tankers carrying jet fuel had been hijacked.
According to Witnesses, scores of villagers scavenging for fuel were killed in the air strike.
The district police chief told AFP news agency that Taliban insurgents tried to drive away a fuel tanker that they had earlier hijacked.
“The fuel tanker got stuck in the river. There were local civilians with them as well. They were bombed,” the police chief said.
Dozens of seriously wounded people with extensive burns are crowding a hospital in Kunduz, AFP reported.
Spoils of War: ‘Free Fuel’
Wounded people with extensive burns crowded a hospital in Kunduz, the capital of the northern province which lies on a main supply line for the more than 100,000 foreign troops based in Afghanistan, an AFP reporter said.
Around 200 to 250 villagers were believed to have gathered to take free fuel from the tankers which had been hijacked by the insurgents, said health ministry spokesman Farid Rahid in Kabul.
“Unfortunately a big number of civilians were killed and wounded. The provincial health director can confirm that 12 wounded and one dead person were admitted to the provincial hospital,” he told AFP.
A witness told AFP that the militants had been trying to transport the tankers across a river to villages in Angorbagh.
“They managed to take one of the tankers over the river. The second got stuck so they told villagers to come and take the diesel,” he said.
“Villagers rushed to the fuel tanker with any available container that they had, including water buckets and pots for cooking oil.
“There were 10 to 15 Taliban on top of the tanker. This was when they were bombed. Everyone around the fuel tanker died.”
“Nobody was in one piece. Hands, legs and body parts were scattered everywhere. Those who were away from the fuel tanker were badly burnt.”
An injured person is carried into the main hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. A NATO airstrike Friday destroyed a fuel tanker hijacked by Taliban insurgents, causing dozens of casualties including civilians, officials and witnesses said. Photo: AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.
“America’s entire war on terror is an exercise in imperialism. This may come as a shock to Americans, who don’t like to think of their country as an empire. But what else can you call America’s legions of soldiers, spooks and special forces straddling the globe?” —Michael Ignatieff, New York Times, July 28, 2002