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Unrest grips Kabul after US convoy crash

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Unrest grips Kabul after US convoy crash


There has been violence in the Afghan capital, Kabul, after a US military truck crashed, killing at least one person. Up to 13 others died and 100 were injured in a subsequent riot. The trouble erupted after a truck in a US convoy was in an accident involving a dozen vehicles. The US army truck then came under attack from a crowd hurling stones and trying to smash and overturn vehicles.Some American troops reportedly fired warning shots into the air. Afghan police also opened fire when they came to assist, but it is unclear who shot into the angry crowd.

A US army spokesman said: “We hope to determine the facts regarding the incident and we’ll cooperate fully with the Afghan authorities. In accordance with appropriate policy compensation will be paid to those who are entitled.”

Soon after, thousands of protestors gathered in central Kabul, some marching on parliament, some on the presidential palace, while others headed to the US embassy. US troops and the Nato-led peacekeeping force are now expanding their mission to the volatile south, where a Taliban inspired insurgency is raging.

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