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Afghan official: Convoy had 4 al Qaeda members

KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A member of Afghanistan's interim government said Monday that four Arab al Qaeda members were in a convoy struck by U.S. warplanes last week.

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Amanullah Zadran, minister of border affairs, said Stinger missiles and anti-aircraft weapons were fired from the convoy. U.S. warplanes fired back, Zadran said.

Fifty to 60 people were killed when U.S. planes attacked the convoy Friday night in eastern Afghanistan.

A controversy arose over the identities of people in the convoy.

The Pentagon said the convoy was carrying al Qaeda or Taliban leaders, and a senior Pentagon official said it "was a valid target."

Another member of Afghanistan's interim government had said that the bombing killed delegates traveling to Kabul for the new government's installation.



 
 
 
 


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