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UN: Bombs Hit Afghan Military Hospital - 2001-10-23


The United Nations says U.S. air strikes have destroyed a military hospital on the outskirts of the western Afghan town of Herat, but does not know if there were any casualties.

U.N. spokeswoman Stephanie Bunker told reporters in Islamabad she received information Tuesday that U.S. bombs hit a military hospital in a military compound on the outskirts of the city. She said the incident occurred Monday, but said it is very difficult to get detailed information.

Ms. Bunker added that U.S. air strikes are hitting civilian districts in the Afghan capital Kabul because the Taleban is sending its troops into those areas.

Taleban officials claimed that more than 100 people were killed Monday when a hospital in Herat was bombed.

An unidentified Pentagon official said there was no evidence the bomb struck a civilian facility, but a weapon may have gone astray from its original target. He said the building may have sustained collateral damage from a nearby explosion. The official said the Pentagon has no way of estimating how many people, if any, were killed or injured there.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military campaign against suspected terrorist targets in Afghanistan continues. U.S. bombs have been hitting Taleban frontlines, facing its Northern Alliance opposition, north of Kabul.

Explosions are also reported in the southern Taleban stronghold of Kandahar and the key northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, the city opposition fighters unsuccessfully tried to capture last week.

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