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U.S. Food Drop Kills Civilian, Military Says

November 30, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A civilian was killed when a heavy bundle of humanitarian supplies dropped by parachute crushed her house in northern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said.

A U.S. military aircraft flying from Ramstein Air Base in Germany dropped the bundle about 120 miles northeast of Mazar-i-Sharif, near Afghanistan's northern border.

The package of wheat, blankets and cold weather equipment hit the house before dawn Wednesday, according to U.S. Central Command in Florida. The bundle weighed 1,200 pounds, according to Central Command spokesman Lt. Col. Martin Compton.

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