In memory of
Palwasha, 2, daughter of Lal Bibi, 40
Safaida, 3, daughter of Janat Gul
Another unidentified civilian
killed at 11:30 A.M. on April 24, 2006
at the end of the Bost airport runway in Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand Province. An Antonov-32 airplane leased by the U.S. State Department carrying 11 U.S. anti-drug agents and 6 other persons (incl. the Ukrainian crew of 4) crashed into a nomad’s settlement when it aborted a landing. Two girls – aged 2 and 3 – were crushed to death in their mud brick homes as they slept. Six other nomads – 3 women and 3 children - were injured. Afghan civilian casualties would have been much higher if the settlement’s men had not left earlier to work in picking opium poppies at a nearby farm, Janat Gul said. The photo shows an Afghan mother sitting near the body of her dead daughter (AP photo, Allahuddin Khan). Five other people from the settlement are missing.
Killed when a U.S.-leased aircraft crashes into a nomad’s settlement