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Afghanistan / Vice President Assassination / US Air Strike #704836

ABC Evening News for Saturday, Jul 06, 2002
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(Studio: Bob Woodruff) Report introduced.

(Kabul: Martin Seemungal) The assassination in Afghanistan of newly appointed vice president Hajji Abdul Qadir††, who was a Pashtun in a government dominated by Haji‡, featured; scenes shown of the bullet-riddled car; details given of Qadir's role in combatting the opium trade. [Afghan foreign ministry spokesman Omar SAMAD†- says there is still a war on terrorism.]

(Studio: Bob Woodruff) Report introduced.

(Kennebunkport, Maine: John Cochran) The reaction of vacationing President Bush to the assassination featured; details given of Afghan complaints the US has been slow to react to the death of civilians in an air strike. [BUSH - says all we know is a good man is dead & the Afghan government is handling the investigation.] [Allied forces in Afghanistan commander Lt. Gen. Dan McNEILL†- admits injuries to innocent civilians.] [BUSH - comments on the loss of innocent life.] [Brookings Inst. Michael O'HANLON†- says if Afghanistan remains unstable, Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden†† can find pockets to hole up in to organize future terrorist attacks.]

Cochran, John;
Seemungal, Martin;
Woodruff, Bob

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