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TITLE=U-S ATTACK MISS (S-only)
INTRO: A bomb from a U-S warplane has missed its military target at Kabul airport and instead hit a residential area nearby. V-O-A's Stephanie Mann reports the mistake occured early today (Saturday) as U-S and British air strikes against terrorist targets in Afghanistan continue.
TEXT: The U-S Defense Department says a precision-guided bomb missed its target at the Kabul airport and exploded instead in a residential area nearly two kilometers away. In a written statement, the Pentagon says the intended target was a military helicopter at the airport. The incident occured at about three o'clock in the morning, Afghanistan time.
The Pentagon says details are being investigated, but preliminary indications are that a targeting error caused the accident.
The statement also says the United States regrets the loss of life, adding that the number of casualties is not known but reports from the gound indicate there may have been four deaths and eight injuries.
The statement says U-S forces are intentionally striking only military and terrorist targets and take great care in the targeting process to avoid civilian casualties.
Taleban officials have claimed at least 300 civilians have died during the seven days of bombing, but this has not been confirmed. (Signed)
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