In memory of

 

Gholam Khader, 45, a farmer

died at 7 A.M on November 25, 2001

 

in the village of Kalakhan, Kabul Province, 20 kms north of Kabul. The area was heavily cluster-bombed 2-3 weeks before as Taliban troops were fleeing southward. The lethal U.S. bomblets littered the fields around Kalakhan. Around 7 A.M. on November 25th , a villager, Gholam Khader, 45, farmer, was returning home with a friend. They had come from Kabul to visit their ruined homes and fields. They walked too close to a BLU-97/B bomblet which exploded, killing Gholam and wounding the other man. A man in his late 30s named Abdul Samad came running to the main road for help, covered in blood from the shrapnel wounds. When help arrived and reached the other victim, he was dying, gasping and losing his life. The next day, a de-mining crew found some forty unexploded BLU-97 bomblets in Kalakhan.

The BLU-97/B is made by Minnesota-based Alliant Techsystems (was developed in 1983 by Aerojet General). The “mother bomb”, the CBU-87, 1,000-lb bomb carries 202 bright yellow BLU-97 bomblets, weapons of indiscriminate destruction. Each 3.4-pound bomblet carries a triple punch: a prefragmented antipersonnel casing to spray deadly shrapnel; a hollow-charge antitank warhead; and a disc of incendiary zirconium to add a fiery finishing touch. The US AIR Force claims one such bomblet will disable heavy vehicles over a 50-foot radius and aircraft over a 250-foot radius. Troops would be still vulnerable at greater ranges. A single B1-B bomber can carry 30 CBU-87 “mother” bombs.

 

U.S. warplanes dropped cluster bombs dispersing deadly BLU-97/B cluster bomblets