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Afghanistan officials arrest 250 for riots after deadly crash

[JURIST] Over 250 Afghans were arrested, 141 are still in custody, and 52 have confessed to crimes committed during anti-American riots in Kabul [BBC report] last week in response to an incident where a US military vehicle collided with 12 civilian vehicles in northern Kabul, the Afghani national security director said Wednesday. At least seven people were killed during the riots, where conflicting reports suggest that either US soldiers or Afghani police fired into the crowd to quell the unrest.

The parliament of Afghanistan passed a nonbinding resolution [JURIST report] last week calling for the prosecution of the US soldiers responsible for the crash, which killed as many as five civilians, though US military spokesperson Col. Tom Collins has blamed the crash on an unintentional brake failure. Collins said Wednesday that Afghani investigators will have full access to US soldiers during their investigation, though the US Ambassador to Afghanistan said last week that US soldiers cannot be prosecuted by the Afghani government [JURIST report]. President Bush last week said that the US military would launch an investigation [AP report] into the crash and subsequent riots to see if US soldiers fired at the angry demonstrators. AP has more.

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