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|Tuesday, October 09, 2001, updated at 23:28(GMT+8)|
US Launches New Wave of Airstrikes Against Afghanistan: CNN ReportThe United States launched new miltary strikes Tuesday night against Afghanistan, hitting the western city of Herat, CNN confirmed.
There were reports of bombs falling around the city and anti-aircraft fire near the Herat airport, around 7:20 p.m. (10:50 a.m. EDT).
The third straight night of attacks followed the first daylight assaults in the US-led war against terrorism. Explosions rocked the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday morning, and the Taliban said its headquarters was hit.
East of Kabul, at least four local employees of a UN-funded mine-clearing operation were killed during the US airstrikes when a missile hit the building where they work, the United Nations said. The building sits next to a tranmission tower used by the Taliban that may have been the intended target.
The second round of US strikes began Monday night and continued into Tuesday, targeting military runways, aircraft, surface-to-air missile sites, airports and terror training camps. A source at the British Ministry of Defense said Afghanistan's terrorist camps "have been seriously damaged."
CNN sources said bombs also hit a populated area of Kabul near a military hospital, which has been used to treat civilians as well. The hospital was not damaged and it was not known whether there were casualties, the sources said.
In Kandahar, the roar of aircraft and anti-aircraft fire could be heard over a CNN videophone.
"This is coming about three hours after dawn there," said CNN's Nic Robertson from Islamabad, citing sources in Kandahar. "Now they are saying they're hearing aircraft in the air. anti-aircraft fire and explosions."
Amnesty International called on the United States, its allies and the Taliban to respect human rights in the wake of the airstrikes.
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