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Published:May 22nd, 2006 07:53 EST
Military : Coalition bombing in Afghanistan kills 50 suspected Taliban fighters

Military : Coalition bombing in Afghanistan kills 50 suspected Taliban fighters

By Andrew Chien

Coalition forces bombed a suspected Taliban compound, killing 50 militants, officials said Monday.

U.S. military spokesman Col. Tom Collins said, “we’re certain we hit the right target.” "It's common that the enemy fights in close to civilians as a means to protect its own forces,“ he added.

All of this was a result of a coalition confirmed attack on a Taliban compound located on the village of Azizi in the Kandahar province late Sunday and early Monday. The military is currently investigating whether there were any civilian casualties because of this strike, said Lt. Gen. Karl W. Eikenberry to The Associated Press.

Today, Kandahar Gov. Asadullah Khalid has said about 60 suspected Taliban militants and 16 civilians were killed from the U.S.-led coalition bombing.

"These sort of accidents happen during fighting, especially when the Taliban are hiding in homes," he said. "I urge people not to give shelter to the Taliban."

Kandahar city’s Mirwaise Hospital played host to many of the wounded. A pickup vehicle carrying five wounded men in the back pulled up moments after Dr. Mohammed Khan said he had treated 10 people from the village.

Fear of the Taliban resurgence has delayed the postwar reconstruction work, despite the presence of over 30,000 foreign troops. The Aziz village is off limits to reporters due to the police and foreign troops that have surrounded the area.