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Tragedy: 30 Dead As Second Taliban Boat Sinks

From the friends of the Taliban, the New York Times:

30 Taliban Reported Drowned as NATO Sinks Boat


Published: June 6, 2007

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 5 — The Afghan Defense Ministry said Tuesday that a boat full of fleeing Taliban fighters had been fired upon by NATO helicopters and sunk in the Helmand River, in southern Afghanistan. All on board, between 20 and 30 guerrillas, drowned, said Gen. Zaher Azimi, a ministry spokesman.

It was the second sinking on the river reported in recent days. Another boat, carrying about 60 people, sank Saturday in the same area, although there were conflicting reports as to whether those aboard had been civilians or Taliban fighters.

General Azimi said that in Tuesday’s episode, NATO helicopters had fired on the boat after receiving fire from gunmen on the vessel…

Gosh, what a tragedy. 

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 6th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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