In memory of
At least 23
Lal Kan’s 11
Taza Gul’s 6
Subhan Khan’s 6
massive night-time bombing on October 9/10, 2001
in the very
heavy bombing of Maroof village, 10 kms outside Kandahar city. Huge
explosions were reported east of the city around a Taliban military
academy and the airport. Buildings miles away trembled from the U.S.
bombing attacks. Some U.S. bombs fell upon homes located close to the
military targets, killing many family members. Aamir Latif visited
Maroof village and reported what he had seen and heard:
whole village was wiped out. Before bombing, the population was 200 but
merely half of them could escape the sudden death came in the form of
20 to 25 bombs. The gardens of famous Kandahri pomegranate were rooted
Thousands of animals were also killed aggravating to the already
tottering economic condition of the area people.
"Most of the residents of this village were farmers", said Subhan Khan,
a resident of the same village who managed to escape the death last
night. “I suddenly overheard the explosions. I came out from my home,
and it as the decisive moment because as I stepped out a bomb hit my
home destroying it and killing all my family members".
Subhan's three minor children, wife and aging parents lost their lives
in the air strikes which were meant to target military installations and
Al-Qaeda’s training camps. I also met another injured Lal Khan, later at
General Hospital whose 11 family members died in the attacks. I had no
nerve to ask him about the incident. Taza Gul was also being treated on
the next bed who lost 6 of his family members. " On the one hand,
America is dropping bombs on us and on the other hand it is dropping
food packets. We will die of hunger but never accept this food", an
emotional Subhan said.
U.S. bombs and