In memory of
Shah Mohammed’s 16 other relatives
Nik Mohammad’s mother, father, niece, sister-in-law
died on the night of November 10, 2001
in the villages of Khakriz (Khakraiz, Khak Raiz) and Asmanzai, about 60 kms north-northwest of Kandahar in the mountains. U.S warplanes bombed the isolated village of Asmanzai near a cave complex for 5 nights. But no Taliban fighters were killed there. On November 10th, U.S warplanes bombed the village of Khakriz, killing 70 innocent townspeople and leveling the Shah Agha Sufi shrine/mosque, dozens of one-storey homes and stores (Al Jazeera’s Kandahar-based Yousef Al-Shouli broadcast numerous photos). Residents said 19 civilians (including 11 children) were killed in the home businessman, Shah Mohammed. The destruction was so complete that the bodies of 2 children there were never recovered. Shah’s brother, Wali, said, “some of them had their arms cut off, their heads cut off, we found pieces of the children, their hair, noses, bones.” Just down the hill from the village, Nik Mohammed lost his mother, father, niece and sister-in-law. Villagers ran south into the desert, not daring to return for hours. Baran, a hotel owner, said, “we spent the whole next day collecting body parts. We say heads, feet, everything.” Among the dead were a shopkeeper, a driver, 2 bakers, a farmer and his family, several unemployed men and their families, more than 2 dozen visitors, and the 19 relatives living in the house of Shah Mohammed. Amidst the rubble of one-storey structures were clearly visible parts of U.S bombs, some even hanging in trees. Lying atop the rubble of the famous Sufi shrine of Shah Agha were the mangled loudspeakers which had issued the calls to prayer.
Repeated U.S “precision” strikes completely level 2 villages