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Opposition Alliance Says it is Behind Kabul Missile Attack - 2001-09-12


Afghanistan's opposition northern alliance is reportedly claiming responsibility for a pre-dawn missile attack on the Afghan capital of Kabul.

The Cable News Network correspondent in Kabul, Nic Robertson, said an alliance spokesman told him the opposition was behind the bombings. There is no word on casualties or damage in Kabul.

Missiles began striking the Afghan capital early Wednesday morning, followed by anti-aircraft fire.

The attack lasted a short time, leaving an ammunition dump on fire. In Washington, White House and Defense Department officials quickly denied the attack was a retaliatory response to Tuesday's acts of terrorism in the United States.

Nearly all of Afghanistan is controlled by the fundamentalist Islamic Taleban, which is still fighting an opposition army, concentrated in the north and led by the ousted Afghan government.

Wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden is also believed to be in hiding in Afghanistan.

Taleban Foreign Minister Wakil Ahmad Muttawakil told VOA neither the Taleban nor Osama bin Laden had anything to do with Tuesday's terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center.

He also said the Taleban is concerned about the loss of life in the attacks and said he does not fear a U.S. attack on Afghanistan because he says the Taleban is innocent.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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