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Joint team begins probe into bombing

Kabul July 6. The U.S. bombing raid that hit a wedding party in central Afghanistan killed at least 48 persons and wounded another 117, a U.S. General said today, quoting Afghan officials.

Gen. Dan McNeill, commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said it was not the policy of the coalition to target innocents. "We do not attack our allies," he said in a joint news conference with Afghanistan's Foreign Minister, Abdullah Abdullah. "If innocent people have been hit, it must be due to an accident."

Sunday's U.S. bombing raid hit a wedding party in the Uruzgan province in central Afghanistan. A joint U.S.-Afghan investigation team was dispatched to the area, and is returning to Kabul to present their findings.

The U.S. military and Afghan officials have been at odds over casualties from the air raid in which U.S. aircraft hit three villages in Uruzgan province's Dehrawad district. U.S. aircraft conducting an operation against Taliban in the area retaliated after coming under attack from anti-aircraft guns. — AFP

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