A group of Afghans told a news conference in London on January 21 how Soviet and Afghan soldiers had allegedly burned to death 105 civilians, including 11 children, when they attacked a village 64 kilometres (40 miles) south of Kabul in September last year.
1. GV INTERIOR People seated with Omar Babrakzai holding map showing where alleged massacre took place with Gailani interpreting (SOT) 0.12
2. CU Of drawing of attack on village with Babrakzai speaking followed by translation. Babrakzai points out tunnel where villagers hid. CUT BACK TO Picture of tunnel (3 shots) (SOT) 2.35
3. CU Gol-Muhammad speaking PULL BACK TO View of translator. CU Mohammad (4 shots) (SOT) 3.21
SPEECH TRANSCRIPT OF ENGLISH TRANSLATION
FATIMA GAILANI (SEQ 1-2) (Translating for Babrakzai): "We don't have any eye-witnesses from there but we do have an eye-witness from the massacre at Padkhwab-E Shana in Logar Province. In this village is an irrigation tunnel, which is very common in Afghanistan, and when the people saw the aeroplanes and tanks 105 men and children--male children--entered the irrigation tunnel and hid there. Then, when the aeroplanes came, then the soldiers got out from their tanks and a few of them came closer to the entrance to the irrigation tunnel and there were eleven people there. One of them was Gol-Mohammed here, who was an eye-witness. They asked two of them to see if there was anybody inside the tunnel and they refused to say if there was anybody--they said no-one was there. So they opened a well and they put two tankers there. One Mr. Mohammed thinks was petrol because it had a smell of petrol. The other liquid-he doesn't know exactly what it was--it had a yellow colour and white and a very bad smell. And they poured these liquids in the well and another soldier with a mask and gloves came and poured some white powder at the entrance of the irrigation tunnel.
GAILANI (SEQ 3) (Interpreting for Gol-Mohammed): "I was sitting in a little shop not very far from the irrigation tunnel and Russian soldiers asked me to come near the entrance. And there were three people with them and another seven people from the other side of the village. They all came near the irrigation tunnel and Russian soldiers ordered two of them to go inside and see if there was anybody coming out of the tunnel."
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: LONDON, U.K.
A group of Afghans told a news conference in London on January 21 how Soviet and Afghan soldiers had allegedly burned to death 105 civilians, including 11 children, when they attacked a village 64 kilometres (40 miles) south of Kabul in September last year. The atrocity was confirmed by investigators from the Permanent Peoples Commission, a human rights group based in Paris. The Afghan authorities have rejected this report as totally baseless propaganda. At the news conference, Omar Babrakzai, a former judge on the Kabul Supreme Court, displayed a drawing showing how troops and tanks had surrounded the village. Fatima Gailani, the daughter of resistance leader Sayyed Ahmed Gailani, translated for him as he explained how 105 men and boys hid themselves in an irrigation channel. An eye-witness Gol-Mohammed said the Soviet and Afghan soldiers told him to get the people out of the tunnel. He said that when no-one came out the soldiers poured liquids into the tunnel and set it on fire. All those in the tunnel were burned to death.
Source: REUTERS - LEO WALLER