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Monday January 19, 03:26 PM
Eleven Afghans die in US bombing

KABUL (Reuters) - Eleven civilians, four children and three women among them, have been killed in U.S. bombing in the Afghan province of Uruzgan.

The air raid on the village of Sawghataq village in the district of Charcheno took place on Sunday morning, Governor Jan Mohammad Khan told Reuters on Monday.

"Altogether 11 people have lost their lives in the American bombing," Khan said from the area by satellite telephone. "Four of them were children and three of them were women."

He had no further details and it was not immediately clear whether the bombing was carried out by helicopter or fighter plane.

Abdur Rahman, district chief of Charcheno, said the attack was carried out on the tiny village perched on a small hill. "Of course, all those who got killed were civilians. We do not know why the Americans carried out this raid," he said.

Lieutenant Colonel Bryan Hilferty, a spokesman for the U.S. military in Kabul, told Reuters television he had information of five deaths.

"I have information confirming that five people were killed in Uruzgan at the weekend in U.S. forces bombing," he said, but gave no other details.

Earlier in the day, he said three American soldiers were wounded at their base on Sunday morning when around 15 attackers fired assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades in the district of Deh Rawud in Uruzgan.

Uruzgan used to be part of the main bastion of the Taliban whom the U.S.-led military overthrew from power in late 2001.

In the summer of 2002, some 48 members of a wedding party were killed in Deh Rawud by U.S.-led bombing. The U.S. military at the time said it carried out the raid because reconnaissance planes were fired at.

Afghans say several thousand civilians have been killed in U.S.-led strikes since the American-led forces came into Afghanistan in 2001.

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