In memory of and sympathy for
[24 relatives of Atta Mohammad, 60]
10 people in Zurmina Bibi’s home
Daad Mohammad’s 7 family members
A teenager, Azizullah’s two brothers
Said Rahim’s 22 family members
Mahmood (12)’s family – mother, father, 3 sisters, 3 brothers
A patient died in transit to Mir Wais
[about 40 civilians killed, 50 wounded]
killed and wounded between 11 P.M. - 5 A.M. on Monday, May 21/22, 2006
U.S. Apache attack helicopters and A-10 Warthog fighter jets rocketed the small hamlet of Hajiyan in the Panjwayi District of Kandahar, located some 50 kms southwest of the capital. The close air support was called-in when Special Forces on the ground faced resistance from insurgents in the village. The area had been the scene of heavy fighting during the previous week. The village is comprised 30-35 large mud-brick compounds, each housing an extended family of up to 50 members. The U.S attack started just before midnight so everyone was sleeping or inside. The attack continued for some hours. An 18-yr-old with wounds to his face and chest told Agence France Press reporter, Nasrat Shoib, that there had been Taliban in the village but they disappeared when the bombs began to fall. On Monday, a teacher, Assadullah, from the nearby village, Talukhan, spoke with Agence France Presse saying he saw the bodies of 40 civilians and about 50 other injured people. He himself helped bury 28 bodies and saw 12 other bodies being removed to their home villages. Eight houses in the village (with potentially over 300 people sleeping in them) were destroyed by the U.S. rockets, several more damaged, and scores of animals were killed. A stream of injured survivors made their way to Kandahar’s Mir Wais Hospital, but many injured could not be ferried to the hospital as U.S. and allied forces prevented ambulances from reaching the village (no doubt as part of their news management, whereby they prefer to tell reporters assembled at a press gathering on a military base what happened). Many of the injured were children (including Zurmina’s 8-month old, the small boy named Mohammad Imran, 3); Imran’s two uncles, Fida Mohammad and his family, SiddiqJan, Nasratullah aged 45, etc.
Atta Mohammad, 60, told the AFP: “they started to bomb our village at midnight and continued up to this morning….” Weeping with tears steaming down his silver beard, he said (to the Melbourne Herald Sun reporter), “Oh my God, they killed my kids. I left them behind…God may take revenge on them. They took everyone from me.”
A 38-year-old man waiting in Mir Wais Hospital for the fate of his wounded cousin said, “it was exactly the same as when the Russians were bombing us.”
Zurmina Bibi said 10 people were killed in her home (including 3-4 children). She added, “there were dead people everywhere.”
A young man sitting next to his wounded brother in Kandahar’s hospital reported, “16 people were either killed or wounded only in my family.”
A teenager, Azizullah, said, “one [bomb] hit my house, I was wounded and my two brothers were killed.”
Haji Iklhaf, 40, added, “…then the houses were bombed. I saw 35-40 dead Taliban and around 50 dead or wounded civilians.” He said 26 civilians had been buried by early Tuesday, adding, “we’ve buried women. We’ve buried children. They are killing us. We are so angry.”
Nasratullah, 45, said he was having dinner with his in-laws when the bombs fell: “...suddenly the bombardment started – there was big fire in our place. I managed to escape but don’t know what happened to my in-laws.” Presumably no Taliban were sitting at the dinner table.
The perpetrators (the U.S. military) have called to investigate themselves and their puppet in Kabul, Karzai, has done the same. If history is any lesson, the investigation results will as usual blame the victims.
Killed in a night-time “precision fire” [rocketing] by Apache attack helicopters and A-10 Warthog fighter jets’ 30 mm cannon firing shells tipped with depleted uranium