- Title: AFGHANISTAN: U.S. PLANES HAVE UNLEASHED THEIR BIGGEST RAID TO DATE ON AFGHANISTAN
- Date: 10th October 2001
- Summary: (W3) KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (OCTOBER 10-11, 2001) (REUTERS) (NIGHT PICTURES) ANTI AIRCRAFT FIRE FROM KABUL/ AUDIO OF FIRING LARGE EXPLOSION AT KABUL AIRPORT FIRE AT KABUL AIRPORT TWO FIRES BURNING NEAR KABUL AIRPORT EXPLOSION IN DISTANCE (W4) KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (OCTOBER 11, 2001) (REUTERS) SLV OF A CRATER IN KABUL MADE DURING WEDNESDAY NIGHT'S ATTACK PAN OF PEOPLE NEAR THE CRATER SLV OF THE CRATER AND DAMAGE SLV/LV PEOPLE NEAR THE CRATER (3 SHOTS) SV INTERIOR OF A HOUSE DAMAGED BY EXPLOSIONS SV EXTERIORS OF THE DAMAGED HOUSE (2 SHOTS) SLV MORE OF THE CRATER LV PEOPLE NEAR THE CRATER CU OF A MAN NEAR THE CRATER LV PEOPLE WALKING ON THE CRATER (5 SHOTS) CU OF CHILDREN LOOKING AT THE CRATER (2 SHOTS) LV OF A STREET, PEOPLE PACKING THEIR BELONGINGS ON A TRUCK SLV/SV OF PEOPLE LOADING THEIR BELONGINGS ON A TRUCK (3 SHOTS) CU OF CHILD SV OF PEOPLE LOADING THE TRUCK (2 SHOTS) LV OF STREETS WITH DAMAGED BUILDINGS IN KABUL (2 SHOTS) TRAVELING SHOT OF DESTRUCTION IN KABUL (PLEASE NOTE THE DESTRUCTION WAS NOT CAUSED BY U.S. STRIKES, IT DATES BACK TO EARLIER FIGHTING IN THE COUNTRY) TRACKING SHOT OF STREET MARKET LV VARIOUS OF STREET SCENES, TRAFFIC AND PEOPLE IN THE STREETS (4 SHOTS)
- Embargoed: 25th October 2001 13:00
- Location: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Conflict,Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA8XR2XWLJ7BZKPXS8WJOOAT5ST
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- Story Text: U.S. planes have unleashed their biggest raid to date on Afghanistan, triggering fresh accusations from the ruling Taliban of civilian deaths -- 15 of them in a mosque.
Anti-aircraft guns blazed away for a fourth successive night on Wednesday (October 10) over Afghanistan's capital Kabul. Jets screamed overhead. Bombs and missiles rained down on different parts of the city as residents cowered in their homes.
Pictures filmed on Thursday (October 11) in Kabul showed a crater in the middle of what seems to be a residential area.
Several houses were badly damaged in the area immediately surrounding the crater.
Taliban Education Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi told Reuters the raids hit Kabul airport, military bases to the east of the city and government facilities in Kandahar, home of Mullah Omar.
Civilians continued to flee the besieged city, fearing that a savage ground war is about to erupt between the Taliban and its enemies, the Northern Alliance.
The Taliban Ambassador to Pakistan Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef said up to 100 people had been reported killed by U.S.
bombing in a village in eastern Afghanistan near Jalalabad and 15 others died in a mosque, also near that city.
There was no immediate comment from the United States, which accuses Saudi-born Osama bin Laden of masterminding the devastating September 11 suicide hijack attacks on New York and Washington.
Muttaqi told Reuters bin Laden was alive and well.
Pentagon officials said a military garrison near Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan had also been attacked.
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