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ASADABAD, Afghanistan – A Russian-made grenade exploded in a crowd milling around a U.S. military vehicle crash in a busy town center in northeastern Afghanistan, killing two Afghans and wounding more than 50 people, including three U.S. troops, officials said Tuesday.
The U.S. military and Afghanistan's Interior Ministry blamed the attack in the eastern province of Kunar on insurgents and said officials had photographic evidence a Russian-made grenade left over from decades of war was used.
Nevertheless, many wounded Afghans angrily accused the Americans of using a grenade. While the
At Asadabad's main hospital — where more than 50 people were taken to be treated — Faiz Mohammad Khan, a 60-year-old with a white beard — argued that the Americans must have thrown the grenade because if militants had done it, more U.S. troops would have been wounded or killed. Khan's 18-year-old son was wounded in the attack.