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Airstrikes target Kandahar; villager killed by stray bomb

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Heavy bombing returned to Kandahar early Monday, signaling the end of what had been a relatively quiet 24 hours in this southern Afghan city, CNN's Kamal Hyder reported.

The first explosions sounded at 5:20 a.m. local time -- some so loud they may have been in the city limits. Other explosions boomed west of Kandahar, where military installations were likely targets.

Several planes flew low over the city, making several passes, as the air attacks renewed after a calm Sunday.

City residents, somewhat accustomed to wartime conditions, were seen in the streets going about their daily routines Sunday, going shopping and heading to work.

Farther north, in a village controlled by the opposition Northern Alliance, a stray U.S. bomb left one woman dead and one of her children injured, the woman's cousin told CNN Sunday.

The incident occurred in the village of Ghani Khail, 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from the front line, where U.S. forces have been striking Taliban entrenchments north of Kabul.

The cousin said Cocogol Khan, 25, was at home with her two children sewing clothes for a wedding party when the bomb fell. Her four-year-old son was wounded but her two-year-old daughter escaped injury, the cousin said.

Seventeen others were injured, taken to two hospitals, the cousin said.

At Khan's funeral, the imam condemned the United States for the stray bomb but also blamed "a stupid man called Osama bin Laden" for causing the deaths of innocent Afghans in the U.S.-led military campaign.

Another man at the funeral said the stray bomb was clearly a mistake and that the airstrikes should continue .Scattered gunfire and a jet was heard in the mountains nearby Sunday.

-- CNN Correspondent Chris Burns in Ghani Khail contributed to this report



 
 
 
 



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