22 Afghan Road Workers Killed in US Air Strike

Action relied on faulty intelligence, say officials
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2007 5:15 AM CST
"All of our poor workers are killed," said Sayed Noorullah Jalili, director of the Kabul-based road construction company Amerifa, after US bombs struck tents where employees were sleeping. (AP Photo/Musadeq...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A coalition air strike based on faulty intelligence killed at least 22 Afghan road workers today, said Afghan officials. The engineers and laborers were building a road for US forces in the mountains of Nuristan in the east. They were asleep in two tents when the bombardment killed all of them, said the company director.

"All of our poor workers have been killed," he said. "I don't think the Americans were targeting our people." The misguided bombing comes in the wake of pressure from Afghan President Hamid Karzai to prevent civilian deaths.