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The target was a cave (bunker) filled with military supplies. The 5000 lb
bomb hit the cave. The resulting explosions apparently caused the damage to
the village. The village was near a military target. Sorry about that.

6400 people were killed on September 11, with the apparent support of you. 

Now, your people have let loose anthrax, which is a random attack on
civilians. We have more 5000 lb bombs. 


-----Original Message-----
From: Syed A Masroor [mailto:sam2000(--nospam--at)cyber.net.pk]
Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2001 10:39 PM
To: list
Subject: Destruction of Kurram Village, Afghanistan


Dear colleagues

Last week, some terrorists, flying huge military airplanes, bombed the
Kurram village near Jalalabad out of existence.  Unfortunately, the
design of one and two storied Group R- Division III structures was
incapable of withstanding the 25 explosion that shook the village in the
middle of the night.  Almost everyone died.

The deaths are attributed to poor structural design and non enforcement
of building codes in Afghanistan.  All houses were made with
unreinforced clay-brick masonry in lime mortar (Type-O).  The brittle
failure of heavy walls under explosion loading caused the most damage to
life.

The roofs were 22swg sheets over 2x4s.  These were overlaid with a thick
layer of mud mixed with grass.  When the roofs collapsed, the inmates
were buried in this mud. All materials used in construction of these
houses had only one objective. To keep the blistering winter and
scorching summer of Eastern Afghanistan out.

As most of the houses were owner-designed and built, with the help of a
village mason - all dead, we cannot ask their point of view.   But since
some of the aiders and abeters of this massacre may be on the list, we
may ask there opinion on how to destroy lime-brick houses with 5000lb
bombs.

Syed Abulkhair Masroor
Consulting Structural Engineer
Karachi, Pakistan.




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