UN report: Afghan children bore brunt of gunfire 'at close range'

November 19, 2007 10:31


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An internal UN report obtained by The Associated Press on Monday said lawmakers' bodyguards shot "deliberately and indiscriminately" into a crowd after a suicide bombing and that children bore "the brunt of the onslaught at close range." The weekly report from the UN Department of Safety and Security said it was unclear how many people died from the Nov. 6 bombing and subsequent gunfire in Baghlan province, but that estimates range from "relatively low figures" to up to two-thirds of all casualties. The UN spokesman in Afghanistan, Adrian Edwards, confirmed the validity of the internal report, but he said it was one of several conflicting views inside the UN, and that the UN mission does not endorse the report's findings.

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