of Defense News Release
U.S. Inadvertently Strikes ICRC Warehouses
October 16, 2001
At approximately 4:57 a.m. EDT today, Tuesday, Oct. 16, GBU-16 1,000-pound bombs
from a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet inadvertently struck one or more warehouses used
by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in northern Kabul, Afghanistan.
Reports from the ICRC indicate that wheat and other humanitarian supplies stored
in the warehouses were destroyed, and an Afghan security guard was injured.
Although details are still being investigated, the ICRC warehouses were among
a series of warehouses targeted by U.S. forces because the Taliban used them
for storage of military equipment. Military vehicles had been seen in the vicinity
of these warehouses. U.S. forces did not know that ICRC was using one or more
of the warehouses.
U.S. forces intentionally strike only military and terrorist targets, and regret
any innocent casualties. The U.S. is the largest donor of food and other humanitarian
aid in Afghanistan, and U.S. forces are aggressive supporters of the worldwide
effort to help the Afghan people.